Commentaries - July 2018

Amish Trivedi: Excerpt of 'Automata,' from 'FuturePanic,' with a note by the author

To keep waking up

missing the suns

beyond our own. The future

is a hard limit, the arc of history

 

long enough that no one here

will ever see enough of it.

Long after humans, maybe

two-hundred thousand years old,

 

Paddling his own waka: Bob Orr, poet extraordinary

Bob Orr has been a well-regarded New Zealand poet for several decades, having eight collections of poetry produced to date, with a new collection due out soon. He is also rather different to so many ‘modern’ poets, in that he has always paddled his own poetic waka (or canoe) in and through his own currents. Oaring across his own ocean, if you will. Bob never completed any tertiary education. He never attended any  university ‘creative writing’ classes in an endeavour to craft his poetry ‘better.’ Up until very recently, when he was the 2017 University of Waikato Writer in Residence, he eschewed any applications for literary grants. He rarely, if ever, uses a computer to write with or on — he doesn’t even have an email address.