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Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy National Poetry Day New Zealand!

That's right, today is New Zealand's Poetry Day.

How will you be celebrating?

Check out this link to find an event in your area.

I'm pleased to announce that I have finally finished putting my poetry collection together this month, and that is certainly something to celebrate! As I write, my manuscript is being read by three generous and talented poet friends so I can get some feedback before moving forward.

While we're all waiting to see my collection come out in book form (it will happen!) why not check out A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, which I featured in this year with my biggest ever crop of haiku in one publication: 15. It's almost like having a chapbook, in an anthology with 16 other chapbooks! :-)

You can read the first New Zealand review here, written by Tony Beyer. He writes of my work . . .

"Kirsten Cliff's characteristic sensitivity is demonstrated throughout her contribution:

wind gusts--
the letter was not
meant for me

Nature and human nature, co-dependant in our existence, operate in harmony through her lines. She stands up well in this international company and richly deserves the wider audience her inclusion in A New Resonance should bring her."

I have for sale copies of A New Resonance 8 (Eds. Dee Evetts & Jim Kacian, Red Moon Press 2013). If you'd like your copy signed by me, sent from Hobbiton, and with one of my handcrafted cards as a free gift to you for your support, then please contact me here. I'd love to hear from you!

Me beside the "Welcome to Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand" sign in my hometown. (click on image to enlarge)


  1. It's a beautiful book Kirsten. . . my prize copy arrived yesterday. And now I know it's from Hobbiton, it's even more special!!! Thank you.

    1. Haha, cool! I didn't think to get Hobbiton stamps for your parcel, Carole. I usually do for the people overseas who are buying the book. Just sent another to America yesterday. Yipee! :-)

  2. Just come to your site via Ellen Grace Olinger. It's rather cute that someone in the US links me with a writer in my own country :) Gallivanta

    1. Ah, the joys of the World Wide Web!
      Welcome. :-) It's great to meet you here in cyberspace.