Sunday, 3 July 2011

Sunday editorial

After all the fun and games with nursery rhymes last week, this week has been more sobering here at Poetry 24.

From long-distant tragedies like Helena Nolan's deep (in all senses!) and evocative Shipwreck Grave which left us with a lingering threat, to the more immediate personal traumas of Rachel North's haunting When she went missing and Michael Holloway's much angrier Mother of a Soldier.

Poetry often works best when it focusses on the detail, makes the big issues personal and hints at their full breadth by showing how they affect the individual.

So hats off to Jess Green whose voice is powerful enough to take on the threat of sweeping changes threatened in arts and education: in Close the libraries she crafts an anthem for all those who oppose them. David Francis Barker, too, took on the futility of every military campaign that has marched into Afghanistan in Lesson One - Afghanistan.

I was horrified at the story behind Hamish Mack's simple-but-effective Man Trouble - about the NZ union boss who 'uncluttered by thought' believes women to be 'less productive' than men.

Although, to be fair, I have been less productive than Martin this week in my general editorial duties, due to internet connection problems. Thanks Martin!

And thank you all for your support, comments and poems - do please keep them coming!