New verse from Auckland writer CK Stead.
A summer southerly
the sea a beat-up
and passing Grass Street
I thought ‘Intolerable Lauris’ –
not so much, or not just, the person
but the name,
the way those words seemed to belong together –
good company, great fun, wordy and witty
but when backs were to the wall and guns blazing
truth was a stranger.
I’d come down from Auckland
in a lassitude of reluctance
but now here it was again
that same old
pricking of the thumbs.
CK Stead, 2018
The Spinoff Review of Books is proudly brought to you by Unity Books.