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Nikki-Lee Birdsey was born in Piha. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA from New York University. Her poems have been published in various journals including The Iowa Review, Fence, LIT, The Volta and Hazlitt. In 2015 she was a visiting faculty fellow at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, where she returned as a PhD candidate. Her poetry collection Night As Day (the creative component of her PhD thesis) was published by Victoria University Press in 2019.
A new poem from Wellington-based poet Nikki-Lee Birdsey.
I sit outside Chung Hing Panel Ltd,
he’s numbered the parking spaces
in hand-drawn paint. I’m sitting in
4, the lines and numbers like hopscotch.