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The Meow Gurrrls poetry group will be reading from our new zine at Photospace Gallery, Level 1 Courtenay Place this Saturday 21st November,
1 – 3pm. Meow Gurrrls reading on the day will be Abra Sandi King, Mary-Jane Duffy, Mary Macpherson, Sudha Rao and Janis Freegard and there will be music from Ainsley Day. The zine also includes work from Rewa Morgan and Kirsten Le Harivel and lovely illustrations by Mary-Jane Duffy. Copies will be available for sale in the gallery.

Hope to see you there! You can also watch our Meow Gurrls videos on Youtube.

Here’s the latest Meow Gurrls’ offering for you to enjoy: ‘Wish No. 29’ by Abra Sandi King.

Meow Gurrrl Mary Macpherson launched her excellent new collection ‘Social Media’ (published by The Cuba Press) recently. Here she is reading from it at Unity Books. Pix here.

 

This is tomorrow! Weds 23rd October 2019 6pm. Poet and photographer Mary Macpherson is launching her book of poetry, ‘Social Media’ at Wellington’s Unity Books. See you there!No photo description available.

Here I am reciting Meow Gurrrls poetry again, this time side on 🙂

 

It’s a little strange watching yourself from the side; this is not a view one normally has of oneself. It’s almost like being in an exhibition. I used to hate hearing recordings of myself. I didn’t like the sound of my voice. It didn’t seem like me. But these days, I really don’t mind; it is me after all. The poem I’m reading, ‘At the Window’, was first published in The Glass Rooster.

In other news, a little while ago, the lovely Paula Green posted a reading of my poem ‘Requiem‘ on her blog…

… and my poem ‘Mikey’ (that recently won the Geometry/Open Book Award – yay!) can be found here.

 

The Meow Gurrls are heading up to Carterton for Wai Word next month and we’d love to see you there.

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Check out the latest Meow Gurrrls videos from fantastic poets Mary Macpherson, who is unwilling to click ‘I forgot my password’ and Mary-Jane Duffy, who tells us about the hallways of love or browse through our catalogue. We’d love you to subscribe to our channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOy99S1t-ZH1dW12RIy4tRQ

One of the first poems I ever had published was ‘When You’re Not Here’. It originally appeared in ‘Eat These Sweet Words: the New Zealand Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Poetry’ by Publishing Giant Press in 1999. Next, it appeared in my collection, ‘The Glass Rooster’ (AUP, 2015). Now, here’s a clip of me reading it on the Meow Gurrrls Youtube channel. Please feel free to like, share, subscribe to our channel. (Mask by Sally of Masquerade; bird claw earrings by Tomas Richards)

The latest Meow Gurrls video features the wonderful Sudha Rao with her poem ‘Manuhiri’. ‘Manuhiri’ contains a special mihi prepared for Sudha by Matt Gifford. Here’s the English translation:

“Mihi

The bird sings
The morning has dawned
The day has broken
Ah! There is life.
This manu (bird) has descended as a manu (bird), as a visitor, as a dancing visitor
Through its dancing feet and its flowing words
Its heart cries, the tears of love
For you the home people, this is your land.
My mother as a feather, my father as a feather
And it’s by their feathers this manu (bird) takes flight
Taking flight to the day, and flight to the night
From its own home land
Where the home fire burns, and gives this manu (bird) life.”

The Meow Gurrrls are at it again with fantastic new offerings from Mary-Jane Duffy – ‘My Monkey Mother’ – and Mary Macpherson – ‘Palaces’. Enjoy a little poetry with your Easter eggs.

Here’s the latest Meow Gurrls poem – an ode to the Remutaka hill from Abra Sandi King. If you’re enjoying the Meow Gurrls’ offerings, please like and share!

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