EBooks

The full text of these books are available through Mark Pirie's website. Go through to the details page for each book to download the electronic version.

Books/Anthologies edited by Mark Pirie

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 …
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A. Stanley Sherratt's powerful early sequence of Māori myths/legends has remained unpublished since 1924, when it was first serialized in the Christchurch Star.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…
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…
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…
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…

Poetry written by Mark Pirie

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…
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).
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…
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…
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…