Drawing by Judith Wolfe

MARK PIRIE /

Poem



    For Peter Olds

    your book arrived
    by post today, good to see it
    out & you back on the NZ poetry
    shelves, currently sagging with the weight
    of recent voices.

    in your absence
    it seems every 'man and his dog's'
    taken to poetry but you I would class
    as one of our true poets, & a real survivor;
    glad to have your book

    with its interesting images, all made
    with your distinctive but fresh paint. now,
    you're back on the shelves, just
    like that fine line in your poem,
    'chasing unidentified light'.


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