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Mark Pirie publishes NZ Rugby Museum article

The Winter 2018 issue of Poetry Notes, the newsletter of the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa (PANZA), included my article on poetry archived at the New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North.

The article covers a range of poetry kept by the museum from the turn of the 20th century up till the present day.

I am very pleased to have my article published. It involved a field trip to Palmerston North in June 2018 and some work uncovering the poems from folders stored away in boxes at the Museum.

In May I was also an invited contributor to the first NZ Rugby Jamboree held in the foyer entrance to the Museum. I set up a table to sell my rugby poetry and other sports poetry items.

The New Zealand Rugby Museum do a great job keeping the history of New Zealand’s game alive for the public.

Thank you to the Director, Stephen Berg, for his help locating the poems for the article.

Here's the link:
http://poetryarchivenz.wordpress.com/newsletters

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

http://headworx.co.nz/poetry/onedge

Sidelights: Rugby Poems by Mark Pirie

http://headworx.co.nz/poetry/sidelights

Mark Pirie’s poem included in New Zealand rugby history

In August, part of my 2011 Rugby World Cup poem was included at the start of Chapter 14 in Ron Palenski’s new definitive history of New Zealand rugby published by Auckland University Press.

It was great to see my poem quotation included but it was equally fine to see the number of historical New Zealand poets included in the book, giving a sense of New Zealand’s poetic contribution to their national game.

This may come as a surprise for some (unlike rugby songs) but as was shown with my 2010 cricket poetry anthology, there has long been a newspaper tradition in New Zealand of sports writing and commentary on games through the medium of poetry.

In academic histories or anthologies of New Zealand literature, sporting poetry is not often recognised.

It’s good that Ron Palenski has recognised this facet of the rugby game in New Zealand.

Here’s the link to the book on the publisher’s website:

http://www.press.auckland.ac.nz/en/browse-books/all-books/books-2015/rugby--a-new-zealand-history.html

Mark Pirie publishes a book of rugby poems

I'm pleased to announce the publication of a small book of my rugby poems written between 1994 and 2013 through my imprint The Night Press.

The book is titled "Sidelights" after a rugby column of the same name in the Auckland Weekly News, 1938.

The book includes poems on the All Blacks, Super Rugby and my rugby family, including four poems on my rugby playing Grandpa Tommy Lawn and his full rugby bio inside the book.

For book details click here.

For info on Tom Lawn see my previous post
/blog/2012/12/21/nz-rugby-museum-article-on-mark-pirie's-grandfather

The Night Press is an imprint for my journal broadsheet, which publishes occasional hand-made chapbooks/mini books.