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BooksOctober 11, 2019

The Friday Poem: ‘Mourning headlines’ by Emma Neale

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A new poem by Dunedin poet Emma Neale.


Mourning headlines

Taupo bicycle crash victim died doing what he loved—living

Otepoti climbing fall victim died doing what she loved—living

British kayak tourist drowning victims died doing what they loved—living

African neurologist hiking holiday-maker died doing what she loved—living

Syrian child playing chase in the street died doing what he loved—living

Elderly woman making a cup of tea died doing what she loved—living

Middle-aged man in cardiac arrest during increasingly rare sex act (for him) died doing what he loved—living

Semi-successful writer died at battered laptop doing what he loved—living

Heartbroken jilted lover bankrupt chronic pain victim suicided doing what she dreaded—living


Nelson Arts Festival is hosting Pukapuka Talks: The Friday Poem on 25 October, with poets Emma Neale, Tayi Tibble, Chris Tse, and editor of The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems Steve Braunias, chaired by Cliff Fell. See Nelson Arts Festival for details.

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Mad Chapman, Editor
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