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ORANGE PLASTIC MUG- Amy Brown

Once red and always on
the plaid-lined lower shelf
of the cupboard under the sink,
for weak juice and milky tea.

The mug smells of hot tussock
that breathes like baking.
It tastes of the Belgian biscuits
my mother made one summer

and looks like black-striped pink
geraniums. It feels like feet
swilling sand in a bucket of water
gone warm, sounds like the pound

that resembles wind at first, the tide.
It is full of the frustration of playing
children’s Scrabble instead of
the real thing with darker squares

and no pictures, the tired
comfort and outrage of being
put to bed before the fire
is put out, while other children

climb the hill’s seeping shadows,
feeling their way under wire
fences and over dead sheep;
screams flashing like torches.

There are orange plastic mugs
and magenta geraniums and dry
biscuits, tussocks, torchlight
here—but what is the point

in saying that mug is a similar
size or I learnt to swim by
walking my palms along the floor
of a lagoon identical to that one?

It only marks the distance between
here and then. Sometimes I am far
from the country that no longer exists;
sometimes I feel close to nothing.

This mug is not a likeness, a simile.
It is the same mug I drank from then.
I hold it now, but the trees are whiter—
bones clean except for silver leaves

the shape of my father’s and my husband’s
dry smiles. One is here, one is then. I am
tense now. Unsure of when we are. Cold tea
burns my lips. I politely ignore everyone.

MODERN MARY AND THE ANGEL OF FAILURE- Emma Neale

A tiny angel enters the room
in a halo of sungold dust motes.
In Mary’s ear: a high-pitched annunciation
she doesn’t at first quite catch.

It tries to tell her she’s a sweet-hot stunner,
drives life itself crazy with her
scent of coconut and maple,
mango body-butter, coffee,
beach salt, beach towel, sunscreen,
last night’s sauvignon, and see,
the succulent curve and bend of her …

The angel’s touch brushes her
with a faint stirring wind,
the hairs on the back of her neck
quiver like harp strings.

Troubled at these sayings
Mary looks over her shoulder,
asks, who’s there?
Swift as a night nurse
the angel plunges the syringe;
its small prick enters,
the quick sting lifts,
flustered Mary is left
with a visible white swelling
that comes to nothing
but this minor, red-capped
princeling of disappointment,
an itch that irritates:
incarnation of her own
and the world’s
deep imperfections.

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #7 The Bats

It’s New Zealand music month and 27 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Band number #7 is: The Bats

My first experience of The Bats, was finding the Couchmaster at the Christchurch City City and that blew me away, From there it was back to the library to track down the back albums, with The Law of Things becoming a favourite.  The jangly rock sound with great lyrics. Very much that Flying Nun vibe to it, and one that many bands have tried to couple (and failed). They keep me company while up late studying…..okay you got me playing Civilisation in the cold nights in Christchuch.

The Bats started in Christchurch, New Zealand in the early 80’s with  Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean. The spend the next few years on the live scene in Christchurch and Dunedin. In 1985 they went to London and recorded the Made Up in Blue EP at the 24 track Point Studio in London in December 1985. ‘Made Up in Blue‘ was single of the week as voted by NME.

.From 1987 to 1994 was a busy period with Daddy’s HighwayThe Law of Things, Fear of God and Silverbeet. The band them released Couchmaster in 1995 and then had a break till 2005 when they released At the National Grid. Since then they have released The Guilty Office and  Free All the Monsters.

If you have never heard of them, now is a great time with Law of Things being reissued in 2013.

Official Homepage

http://www.thebats.co.nz/

Discogs

http://www.discogs.com/artist/261399-Bats-The

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #7 Anika Moa

It’s New Zealand music month and 23 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands/Artists. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Artist number #7 is: Anika Moa

What can I say about Anika, Great song writing skills, great voice and just as important a great social conscience.

Her first album, “Thinking Room” was released in 2002 and man what a fully developed that was for a first off effort. I think in New Zealand we are so lucky to have great musicians that create just great albums during their careers, from the get go.

I urge you to have a listen to the albums and experience the magic that she creates, part song writer, part singer, part sorceress.

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/193592-Anika-Moa

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #6- The Feelers

It’s New Zealand music month and 22 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Band number #6 is: The Feelers

The Feelers exploded from Christchurch in the late 90’s and had some big hits, Pressure Man, Venus, Space Cadet and more. I discovered them in the mid 90’s via a demo tape of songs a friends had and was amazed. I would love a copy of the tape if anyone has it too!!

More albums and great songs continued over the past few year.

It should also be noted that The Feelers have sold more albums in New Zealand than any other New Zealand Band. They don’t always get the best press, but that is a function of New Zealand society more than anything I think.

Any band that can create music, produce a album is a feat in itself, no matter your musical taste.

For those readers overseas here are some of the best of the best below

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/302213-Feelers-The

It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #5- Greg Johnson

It’s New Zealand music month and 22 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Band number #5 is: Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson has always been a big favourite of mine, ever since I heard Isabelle in the early 90’s.

He has released quite a few albums now, all of the, high quality, full of great song writing.

He now self releases his albums, based in California. His website is below, so if you like his music please help him make more.

My favourite album would have to be “Chinese Whispers”, there is not a song I do not like. This is a MUST listen.

Anyway the best way to experience, is to listen.

His Website:

http://www.gregjohnsonmusic.com/

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/256531-Greg-Johnson

What’s your Top 5 Songs: Spotify Collabrative Playlist

Your Mission if you choose to accept it..and I know you do, is to add what your Top 5 sings are. They can be all time favourties, what is hot for you right now.

Looking forward to seeing what’s out there

Add in comments what the songs are.

I will start:

  • Salt- Honour Me
  • Guster- Fa Fa
  • Urge Overkill- Jaywalkin
  • Kent- Tontarna
  • Hunters and Collectors-  When the river runs dry.