Paula Green

Slam, slam ... & thank you Mams.

Slam, slam ... & thank you Mams.

Slam, slam ... & thank you Mams. (And Pauline Wu for the artwork)
Slam, slam ... & thank you Mams. (And Pauline Wu for the artwork)

Tetahi atu he mihi mahana ki a katoa (Another warm greeting to all.)

In this, my last commentary post of this series — apart from a brief Coda next week — I want to talk about two distinct areas of the Aotearoa-New Zealand poetry scene that I have alluded to previously, but nor really covered copiously as yet.

One is the vital and brimming Poetry Slam situation in this multicultural land — a scene that is really expanding fast, most particularly among younger poets, and certainly among Polynesian poets who tend not to live in stuffy urban areas, but more likely in places like Mangere, where I grew up.

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