"who are you, little i
(five or six year years old"
peering from some high
window;at the gold
of november sunset
(and feeling that if day
has to become night
this is a beautiful way)"
e. e. cummings
After a month's break over the Southern Hemisphere's summer holidays, Tuesday Poem 2013 starts up again today. Hooray. It is my pleasure and privilege to be editor on the hub this week. I chose the poem Almost Always, Never Quite by Dunedin poet David Howard. David is NZ's new Burns Fellow - this coming Friday - 1 February - he will pull up his chair at the desk Emma Neale has happily occupied since this time last year.
Born in Christchurch, David Howard co-founded Takahe magazine (1989) and the Canterbury Poets Collective (1990). He spent his professional life as a pyrotechnics supervisor whose clients included the All Blacks, Janet Jackson and Metallica. In 2003 David retired to Purakaunui in order to write: 'The rural hinter is perfect for this; by getting clear of the social whirl you realise what matters is the dirt under your fingernails.
In March 2012, fellow Tuesday poet Tim Jones interviewed David for the online journal, Cordite. Here follows one of my favorite - postively crackling - excerpts from their discussion ---
TJ: You have previously worked as a pyrotechnics technician and SFX supervisor for acts including Janet Jackson and Metallica. Has it left traces on your poetry?
You can read the full interview here