Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa
an anthology of poetry edited by Mark Pirie

Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa

Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa

The railway has been a dominant presence in New Zealand life for a century, connecting freight and people.

In this new collection of rail poems, editor Mark Pirie presents a fresh and vibrant journey through many facets of the railway and explores its significance in our daily lives.

Contributors: Anon, Fleur Adcock, Marilyn Duckworth, Michael O’Leary, F W N Wright, Kim Eggleston, Louis Johnson, Jan Kemp, Fiona Kidman, Ron Riddell, Simon Williamson, Will Lawson, Jean Hamilton Lennox, Roger Wrighton, Hugh Isdale, Stephen Oliver, Peter Olds, M K Joseph, Rhys Pasley, Mark Pirie, Alistair Paterson and Peter Cape.

Sample poem by Anon:


Give us the railroads, Vogel!
Never heed detractions’s cries,
The ties that link our state to wealth
Are certainly railroad ties.
Could narrow minds but have their way
They’d tear up each outbound track,
And leave us nought but a toll-bound bay,
With private jobs at their backs.

Give us the railroads, Vogel!
We need them one and all,
With them our state will grow rich and great,
Without them she will fall.
Over the mountains and over the plain,
North, south, east and west,
Twine and twine the priceless chain,
Over New Zealand’s broad breast.

Penned in 1874, probably in a newspaper, recording controversy over Prime Minister Julius Vogel’s decision to build a nationwide railway.

This book is a special non-profit limited edition of 50 copies published to coincide with the launch the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa in association with the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop.

Online version available from: http://www.markpirie.com/books/rail-poems-of-new-zealand-aotearoa-an-anthology

TITLE :     Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa
EDITOR:     Mark Pirie
PUBLISHED:     2010 (in association with the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop)
CATEGORY:     Chapbook
FORMAT:     Paperback
EXTENT:     A5, 32 pages
ISBN:     978-1-86942-119-9
PRICE:     NZ$15