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Mark Pirie's new book Electrimotive published

My new collection of poetry, Electrimotive, a book of music poems, has recently been published by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop.

Subjects are diverse and typically range across musical genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul, country, metal and classical.

The book is no. 33 in the relaunched ESAW Mini Series.

Here's the link:

HeadworX releases new books: rugby poetry and On Edge by Damian Ruth

In November, my publishing company HeadworX released two new poetry books: On Edge by Damian Ruth and Sidelights: Rugby Poems.

On Edge is the first collection of Damian Ruth's poetry and is compiled over many years of his writing life. Damian Ruth's book is a fine addition to the HeadworX stable and contains poems first published in respected literary journals and anthologies in South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand.

Sidelights: Rugby Poems is a new edition of my rugby poems first published in 2013 and dedicated to my grandfather Tommy Lawn, a rugby player and coach in New Zealand. This new edition features new rugby poems from the past four years and is accompanied by writer and historian Ron Palenski's foreword.

For more details on each book, please visit the HeadworX website:

On Edge by Damian Ruth

Sidelights: Rugby Poems by Mark Pirie

ESAW publishes Mark Pirie's Ride the Tempest

In December, a book of my uncollected early poems 1993-1995 was published by the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (ESAW).

ESAW has published a number of my books previously, and this new book is meant as an archival edition for libraries but not for commercial sale in bookshops.

Libraries are welcome to purchase copies from the publisher: [email protected]

Here's the link:

Mark Pirie's poem bibliography published

Over 2,000 poem publications in a dozen countries worldwide.

November sees the publication of my poem bibliography, an enormous task that took several years to compile from old records, online Google key word searches and via search indexes like Index New Zealand at the National Library of New Zealand.

The project entailed reading a lot of microfilm to find all newspaper publication of my poetry. Like a number of New Zealand authors, I had not kept good records, but the publisher Niel Wright took an interest in my work and encouraged me to complete the huge task.

The bibliography is as complete as I can get it but I recognise some of my online publications have since disappeared from the late 1990s and early Noughties.

Poetry bibliographies turn up all sorts of interesting data as well as empowering authors with a sense of their progress. I didn't think I'd find 2,000 poem publications when I began the project.

I would welcome more poem bibliographies by New Zealand authors and state the necessity of poets keeping records such as these for posterity.

Here's the link to the pdf: /books/bibliography-of-mark-piries-poetry