ARTbop Poetry Editor, Sam the Poet, introduces us to established local creative writer and poet, Marcel Currin. Sams says:-
I first met with Marcel at the monthly Incubator Poetry group at The Incubator. Marcel shared with us the background to his poetry writing, and read several poems for us to enjoy. Since this meeting we have seen each other several times, and we have discussed further his passion for writing, which includes his story featured in the newly released, Incubator organised and edited book Grim Tales (reworked Grimm’s fairy tales incorporating the real domestic violence experiences of local women).
Marcel was kind enough to send a short biography of his writing background.
“I have had my poetry published in various New Zealand anthologies. The nation’s NCEA students got to sweat over one of my poems in the 2010 English exam. And was the cheerful Friday columnist for Bay of Plenty Times for a few years. Currently I’m the author of Ministry of Ideas, the best little book of short stories you’ve almost read (available at Books a Plenty, Dry Dock café and as an e-book on the Kindle store)
I’ve selected two different poems about the same thing. Fallen from a silent galaxy was originally published in the journal Takahe. Land of giants was written as part of an artist/poet collaboration I did with Timo Rannali.”
Land of giants
Last of all we pay homage to the children
warm fruits tucked in their beds
where sleep’s thick potions have pickled them tender
mid-wrestle with blankets and teddy bears.
Scrunched, folded, spread in their pyjamas
fingers curled against the night
droplets of breath in the cavernous silence
these are the little sleeping giants.
swollen with upset.
chortling in secret corners of their kingdom.
Conquerors of chair legs
lords of dusty raisins
rickety-thumping through the house
they slam slow doors into mountain walls
hurl proclamations down hallways—
songs that bounce and spark in the air.
Hushed so, we almost lose our balance
in the giddy adventure
the drift of sleep
in the softness of little ones
Fallen from a silent galaxy
He has landed on the quilt
a soft splat
sunken like a paperweight
anchoring the room
a mushroom of sleep.
He is gripping the slow strings
over marshmallow hills
forests of upside down.
Where are you now
my little spaceman?
brewing at the centre
of the bedroom’s orbit
he sails beneath my kiss
his cheek warm with the scent
of secret planets.
Marcel Currin’s website: www.marcelcurrin.com
The Ministry of Ideas Marcel’s book of short stories can be purchased from Books a Plenty, Grey Street, Downtown Tauranga, Dry Dock café Wharf Street, Downtown Tauranga and as an e-book on the Kindle store
The Incubator Poetry Group meets every last Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Incubator, the Historic Village,17th Avenue, Tauranga. Poets of any age and stage are welcome at this friendly and low-key gathering of local poets. You can contact Hella Bauer at email@example.com for more information.
Copies of Grim Tales can be purchased at Books a Plenty, Grey Street, Tauranga or from www.taurangawomensrefuge.co.nz
(You can read a review of Grim Tales by ARTbop’s regular Reviewer Marcus Hobson in Hobson’s Choices
Sam the poet. Sam is my pseudonym, a nickname I prefer to be called. I am the ARTbop Poetry Editor. I have joined the Tauranga Writers Inc group and regularly attend The Incubator at the Historic Village Poetry Group. I began writing a long time ago and have published my poetry online and in traditional book format.. I have just completed my third book of poetry and I am currently finalising a work of fiction. Since my twenties I have been interested in the teachings of Zen masters. . Since moving to Tauranga, I have found an extraordinary Buddhist teacher, Tarchin Hearn, and attend his group meditation and teachings
If you have original poetry you would like to contribute to the Poetry Section of ARTbop WORDS please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of the Poety Editor Sam Woodward. We prefer the work is emailed in docx format We appreciate one or two jpg images (not enormous ones as they become an uploading issue for ARTbop) and a brief biographical author/poet statement.