A bighearted donation from the Windrift Haiku group means that we can now publish (and pay for) a small selection of haiku from our Members. Haiku can be on any theme, and will be published in a fine line magazine. Deadline 10 October 2020 See submission guidelines on our website. If you interested in joining […]

Congratulations to our ex-NZPS committee member, E Wen! E Wen Wong, a Year 13 student from Burnside High School in Christchurch, has won the 2020 International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award. Her poem titled ‘The house that Saturn built,’ was described by judge Airini Beautrais, as “powerful and beautiful”, “full of […]

From reflections by Chloe Honum on her Grimshaw Sargeson residency, and Nathan Joe on lockdown and performance poetry, to beautifully articulate reviews by Tim Grgec, Thomas Hamill, and Nicola Easthope, we believe this Spring edition is one to admire. And our Members’ Poems on shoes new and polished, weathered and storied, promise to take you […]

To get you inspired for for our annual poetry competition, we are posting poems by our excellent judges. Here is a selection of haiku by our Open Junior judge, Barbara Strang. For more information on the NZPS’ poetry competition, see here.

The New Zealand Poetry Society has been running an annual poetry competition since 1987. The competition is open to members and non-members, worldwide, with members receiving an entry fee discount. All entries are eligible to be published in our annual poetry anthology. Poets can enter four separate entry categories. Open verse for adults (18 years […]

  Here, where I was born, a fragile darkness consumed the wooded hills and mountain tussocks clung to the edges of a rain-soaked world. Rivers twisted in the landscape’s womb as trees bore down with all their strength. Human shadows traversed the blue-black silence, the unsleeping nights. I followed their footprints   and burst into […]

My delicate china lady dressed in white a flouncy dress and decorative hat stands with poise at the foot of my bed   you guard my repose you light up the passage   The hall doorway closed to idle grown-up play so I do not feel scared when stairs creak with small footsteps apples drop […]

A puzzling geography, medieval, the earth a shrinking island surrounded by dreams, gardens with golden poisons, monsters and dangerous nonsense. Miles of yesterdays locked under marmalade cupboards in the house of useless cards. You’re thinking of the lighthouse. Before eyes can savour new horizons memory sends narrow flashes like bullets; this is how it’s done. […]

I   A deafening crash and the twisting of metal indelibly pressed in her mind Nothing, just darkness, she then comes ‘round, sees a face, gentle and kind It’s the face of a fireman, she knows that he cares, but she drifts into darkness again As she dreams of his face, and she knows that […]