John Howell, a regular at Poetry at the Fringe, will launch his book, Homeless, at Wellington Central Library (Victoria Street) 5pm, Tuesday 10 October – all welcome
Landing Press launches “my wide white bed”, poems by Trish Harris
Trish was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of six and her first book, The Walking Stick Tree (2016), documents childhood and adult experiences. Hard on the heels of that book comes My wide white bed, a poignant journey through the swells and up draughts of recovery where hope and humour are never far away.
From nurses to chaplains, from visitors to the cleaning staff, My wide white bed is a collection of poems that bring to life how a patient experiences a prolonged hospital stay, beginning life on the orthopaedic ward at Hutt Hospital. The poems, which are short, whimsical, sometimes humorous, encouraging, always with a thoughtful undertone navigates daily hospital life and the path to recovery.
As doctor-poet Glenn Colquhoun puts it in his endorsement of the book, ‘It is a medicine itself. It shows how crucial imagination is to being well, and how it is less often sparked by angels than bedpans, and by noticing, and by thinking to hold the stare of whatever is looking back at us.’
For your interest, here is a short clip of Trish reading a poem from the book:
Introducing a poem from Trish Harris’s collection of poetry, My wide white bed. “A poignant journey through the swells and up draughts of recovery in…
Helen Smith Room, Pataka Art + Museum, cnr Norrie & Parumoana Streets, Porirua, Saturday 14 October, 2.30–4.00 PM