The Punch was, “Meh” [F]

I read my poem today to a crowd of unknowns and three familiar faces for the launch of Argos Aotearoa — a new publication about politics, people and place. It actually went well. I opened on a funny, morbid quote [“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life”] and even heard a few giggle during my reading. It was pretty cool, so thanks Selina Tusitala Marsh. Thanks for the offer to read (I did not volunteer as you told the class Monday morning) and also for giving 😉 me a copy of Argos ($30 retail). And by 😉 I mean she totally racked it off the table while no one was looking. She’s such an epic person.

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Here’s a video I found of her sharing a poem followed by her intimidating the bejeezus out of her audience. How many lecturers do you know of who could potentially kick your butt? — See how kickboxing, a Tuvalu dance and poetry move:

That’s my teacher. While I’m on the subject and have your attention; Selina will be interviewing legendary author Alice Walker (The Colour Purple) as the headline at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival:

Walker is an activist and believes that developing compassion is a critical task each one of us must undertake. She joins Dr. Selina Tusitala Marsh in conversation.

Walker is an activist and believes that developing compassion is a critical task each one of us must undertake. She joins Dr. Selina Tusitala Marsh in conversation.

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~ by Fionnlagh on March 28, 2014.

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