Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire was New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate. He founded the well-known creative writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington. His most recent books are a collection of short fiction, The Stories of Bill Manhire (VUP, 2015), and a Selected Poems. He has also been writing songs with the jazz musician Norman Meehan.

'Indexing Emily' by Bill Manhire

September 2016, no. 384 24 August 2016
The dead gaze back across their special days:cloud above clover, crisis above the crow ...Such new horizons, yet they still approach.They know how eclipse and ecstacy edge along together:whisper and wink of wind, but no real weather. Between practice and prayer there's always praise.Mist and mistakes are in the text.And now here's the night – nobody's next – and poetryfalls from the crucifixi ... (read more)