September 23, 2014
Poetry for all Maori
One of the editors of a new anthology of Maori poems in English says poetry connects with people at a level other art forms can rarely match.
Reina Whaitiri says Puna Wai Korero is dedicated to the late Hone Tuwhare, who many of the poets acknowledge as an inspiration.
The 400-page book includes a wide range of writers from Apirana Ngata to Jacqueline Sturm, Bub Bridger, Trixie Te Arama Menzies, Keri Hulme, Apirana Taylor, Rangi Faith and many others.
Whaitiri says people should be able to find something of themselves in the book.
"The range is very wide and very deep and most Maori who look at this anthology will recognise many of their own experiences, they will recognise their tribal experiences, and connect us all as a people," she says.
Puna Wai Korero: An Anthology of Maori Poetry in English, edited by Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan, is published by Auckland University Press.
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