Books

Mark's complete publication bibliography is available here.

Books/Anthologies edited by Mark Pirie

Poetry Gees

Poetry Gees (2016)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers and Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively readings taking place in the winter months in Wellington. Each year an anthology of the readers…
ESAW Christmas Surprise 2016

ESAW Christmas Surprise 2016 (2016)

In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment. Poems on David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, surfing, tennis, Christm…
ESAW Christmas Surprise 2015

ESAW Christmas Surprise 2015 (2015)

In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment. Poems on the railway, Auckland, cricket, netball, an excerpt …
Main Trunk Lines: Collected Railway Poems

Main Trunk Lines: Collected Railway Poems (2015)

Michael O’Leary’s new book, edited by Mark Pirie, is the first to collect his entire oeuvre of New Zealand railway poems. Spanning over 30 years of his writing, it runs the length of the railway in Aotearoa and depicts many of the country’s railway stations and towns. The central poem of the book …
Fallen Grace

Fallen Grace (2014)

Fallen Grace is the debut collection of poems by MaryJane Thomson. Thomson’s book comprises a sequence of 24 poems selected and arranged by HeadworX editor Mark Pirie. These form a selection of her latest poems. The poems, thought provoking and powerful, bristle with energy and evocative lines, ri…
ESAW Christmas Surprise 2014

ESAW Christmas Surprise 2014 (2014)

In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment. Poems on football and cricket, Aztec Pyramids, the art of poe…
Polynesian Legends

Polynesian Legends (2013)

A. Stanley Sherratt's powerful early sequence of Māori myths/legends has remained unpublished since 1924, when it was first serialized in the Christchurch Star. Discovered in 2013 by editor Mark Pirie who has republished the text, this new publication includes an introduction by Māori literary scho…
Retreat to Dunkirk

Retreat to Dunkirk (2013)

Retreat to Dunkirk was published on Anzac Day 25 April 2013 in New Zealand. The booklet is to commemorate the editor's great uncle Captain Arthur Lawn who died during World War II. Arthur served with the 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and survived the Dunkirk retreat. His letter home was pub…
ESAW Christmas Surprise 2013

ESAW Christmas Surprise 2013 (2013)

In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment. Poems on All Black Kieran Read, polynesian legends, retired N…
Out of It: A Novel Cricket Novel

Out of It: A Novel Cricket Novel (2012)

Michael O'Leary's Out of It was first published in 1987. Since then it has become a New Zealand cult classic and is possibly the only New Zealand literary cricket novel published here. The novel conjures a surreal cricket game between New Zealand and an invitation Out of It XI at Eden Pa…
King Willow: Selected Poems

King Willow: Selected Poems (2012)

Robert J Pope (1865-1949) was a well-known Wellington poet, cricketer and songwriter in his day - and till the end of the 1940s he held a reputation as a national songwriter for his school song 'New Zealand, My Homeland' - but today, his work is little known and out of print. Pope's poetry, lyrical…
A Tingling Catch: A Century of New Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009

A Tingling Catch: A Century of New Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009 (2010)

'A Tingling Catch' is the first anthology of New Zealand cricket poems to be collected. This substantial volume traces the history of cricket poetry in New Zealand from 1864 to 2009 spanning 145 years of New Zealand cricket. It brings together verse and song by some of our best poets - past an…
Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa: An Anthology

Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa: An Anthology (2010)

The railway has been a dominant presence in New Zealand life for a century, connecting freight and people. In this new collection of rail poems, editor Mark Pirie presents a fresh and vibrant journey through many facets of the railway and explores its significance in our daily lives. Co…
The Pop Artist's Garland: Selected Poems 1952-2009

The Pop Artist's Garland: Selected Poems 1952-2009 (2010)

The celebrated poet Eileen Duggan and the influential editor J H E Schroder were among the early appreciators of Niel Wright's verse. This selection edited by Mark Pirie draws on six decades of writing, 120 Books of Wright's epic poem The Alexandrians as well as his Post-Alexandrian work, and displa…
No Boat May Allow Drowning to Vanish: New Poems

No Boat May Allow Drowning to Vanish: New Poems (2010)

Basim Furat's previous collection of poetry, Here and There, the first Arabic poetry book to be translated into English in New Zealand, was published by HeadworX in 2004. This new collection (edited by Mark Pirie and with a striking cover by poet/painter Gregory O'Brien) continues Furat's un…
Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry From New Zealand

Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry From New Zealand (2009)

Prose writers have had it their own way for too long. At last, here is an anthology of poetry from New Zealand that captures the essence of science fiction: aliens, space travel, time travel, the end of the world - as well as concepts you may not previously have thought of as science fiction. …
The Earl is in...: 25 Years of the Earl of Seacliff

The Earl is in...: 25 Years of the Earl of Seacliff (2009)

"After doing my research, soliciting and collecting all the articles, I started to think of a way to put together a book on the Earl. I had several ideas: one was doing a kind of 'rock star' presentation of the Earl as the best way to bring out his unique personality and qualities as an artist…
The White Album Readings

The White Album Readings (2008)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop in conjunction with Wellington City Council and the City Gallery. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively re…
Poetrywall

Poetrywall (2007)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop in conjunction with Wellington City Council and the City Gallery. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively re…
Poetrywall: Anthology of the Poetrywall

Poetrywall: Anthology of the Poetrywall (2007)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop in conjunction with Wellington City Council and the City Gallery. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of liv…
Poetrymath

Poetrymath (2006)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop in conjunction with Wellington City Council and the City Gallery. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of liv…
The Moon That Excels in Nothing But Waiting

The Moon That Excels in Nothing But Waiting (2006)

The Moon That Excels in Nothing But Waiting is Basim Furat's second collection of poetry translated into English and edited by Mark Pirie. Furat was born in 1967 in Karbalaa, Iraq. In early 1993 he left Iraq and became a refugee in Jordan. Four years later he arrived in New Zealand. His poetr…
The Manuka Tree

The Manuka Tree (2005)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively readings taking place in the winter months in Wellington. Eac…
"Greatest Hits" - JAAM 21

"Greatest Hits" - JAAM 21 (2004)

Since the 1980s and 1990s the small press Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and the literary magazine JAAM and its offshoot publishing arm, HeadworX, have made a unique and significant contribution to New Zealand writing. This 'special 21st birthday issue' of JAAM offers a retrospective showcase o…
The Second Wellington International Poetry Festival

The Second Wellington International Poetry Festival (2004)

The Second Wellington International Poetry Festival took place in October 7-11 2004. The book is the official festival anthology and features all 28 of the poets appearing at the festival. The theme of the festival is human rights. Includes: B R Dionysius, Brentley Frazer, Melissa Ashley …
Tupelo Hotel

Tupelo Hotel (2004)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively readings taking place in the winter months in Wellington. Eac…
Here and There: A Selection

Here and There: A Selection (2004)

Basim Furat is an exciting new voice in New Zealand and world poetry. In Here and There his first book to be translated into English, Furat explores his life as a refugee 'in the far away' (New Zealand) and his displacement from his homeland, Iraq. His book (edited by Mark Pirie) is filled …
The First Wellington International Poetry Festival

The First Wellington International Poetry Festival (2003)

During October 2003, the first Wellington International Poetry Festival took place. It was centred on the theme of peace and reconciliation and featured 35 poets from 18 different countries. This is the official festival publication and features poems by leading world and local poets such as C…
Bookmarks: Winter Readings at Bizy Bee's

Bookmarks: Winter Readings at Bizy Bee's (2003)

Winter Readings is an annual event in Wellington organised by HeadworX Publishers, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and Kwanzaa - the Afrikan Shop. The aim is to promote New Zealand poetry to the wider public through a series of lively readings taking place in the winter months in Wellington. Eac…
Storyteller: Poems 1988-1999

Storyteller: Poems 1988-1999 (2002)

Storyteller is a commemorative volume of work by a young Wellington poet who died early at 31 and who was well known at pubs and local reading areas for his lively performances. The poems collected here reveal a prolific and widely read writer, wide-ranging in his subjects - love, death, peo…
The NeXt Wave: New Zealand Writing

The NeXt Wave: New Zealand Writing (1998)

The NeXt Wave is an iconoclastic collection of writing by a new generation of New Zealand writers. It presents a sample of the emerging and innovative voices of the 1990s. hard-edged realism and fantasy, pulp and Science Fiction, postmodernism and multiculturalism mix with unruly urban rhyt…

Fiction written by Mark Pirie

Swing and Other Stories

Swing and Other Stories (2002)

Mark Pirie's new book Swing brings together a group of early stories written in the mid-late '90s that represent a view of young urban living in '90s New Zealand (comic and dark). They are set in the free market society of the time and often portray a certain political and social vent. There a…

Poetry written by Mark Pirie

Rock and Roll: Selected Poems in Five Sets

Rock and Roll: Selected Poems in Five Sets (2016)

Mark Pirie is one of the most important New Zealand poets and editors of his generation, Bareknuckle Poets present this selection of daring and innovative work from his prolific output. Rock & Roll features poems selected from 1992 to 2016 in the form of five set lists: Rock & Roll (music p…
Ride the Tempest

Ride the Tempest (2016)

Ride the Tempest brings together three groups of uncollected poems from Mark Pirie's early notebook poems (1993-1995). Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop publishes this book as an archival edition to complete the publication of Mark Pirie's early notebook poems which provide insight in to his early deve…
12 Netball Poems

12 Netball Poems (2015)

12 Netball Poems by Mark Pirie is a collection of poems celebrating the game of netball and its players. Included is a sequence of poems ‘Five Silver Ferns Portraits’ in honour of some of New Zealand’s finest netball players (Maria Tutaia, Laura Langman, Casey Kopua, Sandra Edge and Leilani Read). …
Poems for my Father

Poems for my Father (2014)

Poems for my Father is a collection of Mark Pirie’s poems for, concerning, or related to his father. The poems form a sequence written between 1993 and 2008 and cover a range of subjects from childhood travels to family portraits and reunions. Leo the lion, American President George Washington, po…
Bibliography of Mark Pirie's Poetry

Bibliography of Mark Pirie's Poetry (2014)

Compiled by the publisher F W Nielsen Wright and Mark Pirie is a 22-year bibliographical record of Mark Pirie's poetry publication 1992-2014. Publisher's Introduction "Presented here, as recorded by the author Mark Pirie, is a 22-year bibliographical record from age 17 to 38 of his poetry writing …
Sidelights

Sidelights (2013)

Featuring poems about the All Blacks, Super Rugby and Mark's rugby family, this book is dedicated to Mark Pirie's rugby playing Grandpa Tommy Lawn. Contents:Sidelights [Blues v Hurricanes, April 2013]The Divided CountryAt the Try Line [for Brian Turner]The Waiting GameTwo Rugby EpigramsFour Poems o…
Old Hat

Old Hat (2012)

Mark Pirie's new book, Old Hat, is a collection of triolets, or extended epigrams, covering a wide variety of subjects, including sport, history, literature, childhood, biography, contemporary events and film. Figures as wide-ranging as Cleopatra, the World Cup winning All Blacks, cricketer Gary So…
Thinking Cap: A Book of Epigrams

Thinking Cap: A Book of Epigrams (2011)

ANON Putting yourself in the public domain; Remember to leave out your name. Thinking Cap is Mark Pirie's latest collection of poetry. It consists of over 80 epigrams written over the past year. Following in the footsteps of New Zealand verse satirists like Denis Glover, Rex Fairburn,…
TOM: A Novel in Verse

TOM: A Novel in Verse (2009)

I am nineteen, I live in a souped-up Victorian temple, I make confessions to Katherine Mansfield's ghost, and write poetry no one will read… Mark Pirie's new book, Tom, is a verse novel set in Wellington during the mid-'90s. It follows the adventures of a struggling, young student and artis…
Trespassing in Dionysia: Uncollected Early Poems 1993-1997

Trespassing in Dionysia: Uncollected Early Poems 1993-1997 (2008)

Trespassing in Dionysia is the second archival collection of uncollected early poems from Mark Pirie's folders, notebooks and unpublished manuscripts. It collects the remaining unpublished poems from Mark Pirie's early notebooks, folders and manuscripts (1993-1997) and shows his development fr…
Bottle of Armour: Early Poems/Lyrics 1992-93

Bottle of Armour: Early Poems/Lyrics 1992-93 (2008)

Mark Pirie started to write the poems in Bottle of Armour in 1992 (when he was 17). It is the first archival collection of uncollected early poems from Mark Pirie's folders, notebooks and unpublished manuscripts. Originally, he had titled it Informing the Tabula Rasa and had presented it to hi…
Slips: cricket poems

Slips: cricket poems (2008)

Light-hearted poems about cricket that focus on everything from a cricketer's love life to bizarre ways of being dismissed, unusual match reports, and elegies for dead cricket heroes like Freddie Trueman. Download and view the free pdf of this book (below sample poem on the right).
Private Detective

Private Detective (2007)

Private Detective is a hand-bound limited edition booklet of 70 copies, published by Dunedin handcraft press, Kilmog Press. Cover and title page are hand-printed, and booklet is hand-sewn. Other books in the Kilmog series include works by Peter Olds, Bob Orr, Stephen Oliver, and Sandra B…
The Search

The Search (2007)

The Search brings together a collection of 'lost' poems and two stories unearthed from Mark Pirie's early folders, notebooks and journals (mostly handwritten and written between 1993-1996). Together they form an interesting collection showing his early experimentation with form and style towar…
Two Poems for Stephen Oliver

Two Poems for Stephen Oliver (2007)

Two Poems for Stephen Oliver by Mark Pirie was published in 2007 in a broadsheet series of 10 published by The Night Press, Wellington. Stephen Oliver is a well-known trans-Tasman poet and internationally published author. Download and view the free pdf of this book (on the right - file …
Wellington Fool

Wellington Fool (2006)

Wellington Fool is Mark Pirie's thirteenth poetry collection. Published in the ESAW mini series, Wellington Fool consists of 15 new poems and includes a photo of the author by John Girdlestone (after the John Cougar Mellencamp album photo for American Fool). The poems, mainly situated in Wellington…
Sounds of Sonnets

Sounds of Sonnets (2006)

Sounds of Sonnets is a collection of sonnets by two well known New Zealand poets. The collaborative volume has a long history in poetry, e.g. Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads. In contrast Pirie and O'Leary have chosen the sonnet form, a well-known form in New Zealand verse. Each poet…
Mahones (Anthology: Four Poets)

Mahones (Anthology: Four Poets) (2005)

In the tradition of New Zealand multi-poet anthologies like "Poems Unpleasant" (James K Baxter, Louis Johnson, and Anton Vogt (1951)) comes a new anthology of 4 experienced New Zealand poets. Functioning as a type of side project to the poet's more traditional individual collections, this coll…
London Notebook

London Notebook (2005)

London Notebook is an all-new collection of poems by prolific Wellington poet, Mark Pirie. Following hot on the heels of his Selected Early Poems from ESAW, Giving Poetry a Bad Name, this new book presents a witty artist's sketchbook of his time in the UK from March-April 2005 when he attended…
Blues For Sam

Blues For Sam (2005)

Blues For Sam is a broadsheet containing two poems, the first a dedicatory poem to the New Zealand poet Sam Hunt. The broadsheet was printed for the author by well-known poet Peter Olds' new publishing press, The Broadsheet Company in Dunedin. A copy is held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, …
Giving Poetry a Bad Name

Giving Poetry a Bad Name (2005)

"A flamboyant figure of his generation, Mark Pirie was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1974. In the past six years, he has published nine collections of poems, a collection of song lyrics and a book of short fiction. In 1995 he co-founded the literary journal JAAM (Just Another Art Movemen…
The Bet: Poems in Memory of Jim Morrison

The Bet: Poems in Memory of Jim Morrison (2004)

The Bet is Mark Pirie's hand-made collection of poems in memory of the American poet and rock singer Jim Morrison written between 1992-1993. Only a limited number of copies were hand-printed in 2004. These poems form a tribute to the death of the singer who died in Paris in 1971. A copy is held in t…
Two Poems: An Impression of the Sea

Two Poems: An Impression of the Sea (2004)

Two Poems is Mark Pirie's ninth book of poems. It is a pamphlet of two experimental poems written for the Australian poet Ken Bolton. Printed and bound in a limited edition of copies. A copy is held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Cover drawing of Paekakariki is by Michael O'Lea…
The Angel Bus: Songs 1992-1994

The Angel Bus: Songs 1992-1994 (2004)

The Angel Bus is Mark Pirie's collection of his early song lyrics written between 1992-1994. At the time Mark had been attempting to form a band called Hydraulic Sidearm though various attempts to start it never left the bedroom. These lyrics are what remain from the period. The cover is af…
Poems for Poets

Poems for Poets (2004)

Poems for Poets is Mark Pirie's eighth book of poems. It is a hand-bound booklet printed for the poet's 30th birthday and is a limited edition of 50 copies only. The book is a series of poems dedicated to 30 poets (national and international, dead and living, famous and obscure).
Bullet Poems

Bullet Poems (2004)

Bullet Poems is Mark Pirie's seventh collection of poems. Structured into four rounds, Pirie takes aim at a wide variety of contemporary issues and debates, particularly war, politics and world events. In the process the book shows a widening of style and subject matter from one of this countr…
Gallery: A Selection

Gallery: A Selection (2003)

With the publication of Shoot in 1999, Mark Pirie established himself as one of the most promising of the younger New Zealand poets. Gallery brings together the best of Pirie's early work from his first five books published in New Zealand.
Dumber: Poems

Dumber: Poems (2003)

What do you propose, a marriage? It can be arranged, I hear... Mark Pirie's new collection laments that our culture is getting 'dumber' and thus presents poems that are both parodic and purposely 'dumb'. Written in the frame of a mock conversation with God, it covers wide ground: religio…
Reading The Will

Reading The Will (2002)

Reading the Will is Mark Pirie's fourth book of poems. Its contents are divergent in style and manner, yet define themselves on the borders of light verse in epigrammatic wit and intensity. This is the poetry of focus and its essential context.
No Joke

No Joke (2001)

No Joke is Mark Pirie's second book of poems. Its contents are varied in approach, yet often subvert traditional readings by employing strategies of simplification and exaggeration out of a wide range of sources, including films, song lyrics, comic strips and other forms of popular culture. '[Pirie…
The Blues

The Blues (2001)

Mark Pirie's new book The Blues (dedicated to the memory of John Lee Hooker) forms a tribute to the influence of music in the creative process of poetry and writing, and brings together a group of early poems that portray a certain political and social vent. Sometimes angry, often humourous, T…
Shoot

Shoot (1999)

Shoot is the first book of poems by Wellington writer and editor, Mark Pirie. It collects the best of his early work, from 1994-1997, all of it written while in his early twenties. Pirie's poems display a wide range of styles and techniques and are distinguished by a deceptive simplicity, an i…
Poetry NZ 16

Poetry NZ 16 (1998)

Poetry NZ, edited by Alistair Paterson, is a nationally-based magazine devoted exclusively to poetry that takes excellence of whatever kind as its prescription. In this issue: Mark Pirie (featured poet) Published twice yearly, Poetry NZ has gained an international reputation as New Zealan…
Journeys

Journeys (1996)

Journeys is a poem sequence that was first published in the magazine Takahe, No. 26 (June 1996), Christchurch, New Zealand. The poetry editor was Bernadette Hall. The sequence is dedicated to the composer/poet/film-maker/ethnomusicologist Paul Wolffram. A private edition of 10 copies was printed l…