We conclude our week-long series on New Zealand poetry with the winning poem of the 2017 national schools poetry award: ‘Dampening’, by Wellington High School Year 12 student Zora Patrick.
Playing dead in the
a man floats face down
estranged from the
He looks at seaweed
through his snorkel mask,
to hold him in their midst.
he plunges his head
into the water
feet sticking up like a frog’s
straight out into the air for everyone to see.
As his feet sink, his trunks
and the small of his back
“I’m still here,”
Zora Patrick will be reading her work alongside other poets at the launch of the latest issue of online journal Starling today at 10.45am at Vic Books on the campus of Victoria University in Wellington.
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