Vanessa Crofskey is a young multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans the boundaries of text, performance and installation. Vanessa Crofskey’s poetry was already familiar to me but her sequence, ‘ Shopping List of Small Violences’ widens my appreciation of where and how her poetry roams. I loved the flow and sound of the sentences, but can you expand on what meaning the last line ‘the tree that grows in someone else’s garden’ has for you? To be reading at such a human and humane level is significant. requests entries for poetry., fiction, photography, drawings'or Continued on Page 4C Pounding the Pavement Has Never Been So Rewarding. I take the stance that writing is just words, rather than being in any way connected to, like, my spiritual essence or something. As artists, we are all searching for new ground. I get that when i’m in the middle of writing something and it gets to the point where the language I’ve gathered starts to fit together and it all seems to drive itself. Vanessa to Chris: There is a force of nature that lies beneath your poems. Chris to Ben: My favourite poem of yours is Ranginui’s tomb. Every word must serve a purpose and be innately linked to the whole of the poem. The poetry welcomes both here and there. In the darkness that is their light they are whole. ( Log Out /  The structure of this poem had to be split up to accommodate page sizing, but it is meant to be like a Bingo grid! I think ‘The Japanese Moko’ was my boldest attempt to blend. Next (Claudia Jardine) > < Previous (Sophie van Waardenberg) It went waaaay better than the hospital birth for our first daughter – Jo (my amazing) said it was kind of a healing experience for her. Once the words come out, I’m quite detached from them in the editing process; I just want to make them ‘work’ as a piece of writing, and sometimes that involves ‘deleting’ those lines and phrases that I may feel the most connected to – you’ve got to be a bit detached from the ‘forces of nature’ if you’re going to ‘kill your babies’ so to speak. There is love and there are longings. There is rawness to the point of wound, such as in the poem, ‘a tooth emerges’. and commenting on what it looked like and what it meant. Ben to Chris: Stepping back from poetry, how has the birth of your children changed and reshaped you as an artist and a person? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Glorious, simply glorious. You can order the book from your favourite bookshop once they are open. In poetry, I don’t think clarity is a primary purpose; there are a lot of interesting effects that happen in the reader’s mind as they read without punctuation. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I think that the title ‘The Japanese Moko’ is very risky, but I was happy to put it out there. I did feel a bit like I really had to get it down; the initial brainstorm happened very quickly, but it took me about three months to work on it. You can take someone anywhere. Perhaps the most  gripping poem is the longer ‘The Essence of I’, an ode to Walt Whitman. She has performed in Auckland, Wellington and Kuala Lumpur. Ben’s poetry is alive with physical detail, sometimes ornate, sometimes shimmering with the deceptive simplicity reminiscent of haiku or tanka. Ben currently lives in New Guinea with his diplomatic wife and three children. i’m so authentic i use chopsticks to eat macaroni, and go to ponsonby central to eat chinese, i don’t carry hot sauce in my bag but i do bring soy to the party, my favourite movie of all time is studio ghibli, and my dad is the white side of the family, every time auckland council says ‘diversity targets’, my phone vibrates, i get suggested ads for the national party in chinese, and that think piece on bubble tea is a redirect to my. softer in the tractor tracks, we tough hands. She has written for The Spinoff, Gloria Books, New Zealand Herald, Dear Journal, Hainamana and other serious publishing places. It is one I feel aware of in my everyday experience. Chris to Ben:  I like how you use space in your poems (e.g. Vanessa Crofskey is a Chinese/European artist who moves fluidly between poetry, theatre and contemporary art. Vanessa Crofskey began writing when she was struggling with mental health at 15. Vanessa Crofskey is the author of AUP New Poets 6 (4.67 avg rating, 6 ratings, 3 reviews) Chris to Vanessa: The poem PTSD memes for the anxious / avoidant teen: I find the grid form quite innovative. I feel quite guilty if I think I’m not ‘present’ for my kids. I’ve always been taught that small moments are powerful in writing, so I guess I do try to focus on moments in detail just because I think that’s what good writing does… A specific moment in real life can be a trigger, and I find once I start to unpack it in writing, a lot of symbolism and meaning can fall out of it, so unpacking a moment works for me. Anna Jackson’s lithe introduction (which I read after reading the poems as is my habit) confirms her role as an astute and surefooted editor of this series, with her fine eye for poetry that holds and satisfies attention regardless of the world that bombards. I was inspired by the bingo memes I saw all over the internet that related common experiences to each other, it seemed like a way to confess certain behaviours or feelings without making yourself isolated or vulnerable. ( Log Out /  Anna Jackson took over as editor with AUP New Poets 5 (Carolyn DeCarlo, Rebecca Hawkes and Sophie van Waardenberg). Getting to hear the three poets read at the online launch expanded tha audience, and am keen to make online readings an ongoing feature on Poetry Shelf. View Vanessa Crofskey’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. carrying the burden of my impatience, they vent it. Of how being human is neither formulaic nor flippant. How we might stutter or provoke or soothe or struggle with words. Vanessa Crofsky POETRY August 22, 2017. dumplings are fake By Vanessa Crofskey . Still at a snail’s pace. feathers in their hair, with paintbrushes for fingers and flutes for mouths. Her work is informed by waterways, shifting identities and the resonance of trauma and intimacy. Lol. Thanks to editor Anna Jackson’s mighty work, AUP NEW POETS has come back with a bang. A couple of poems near the end situate the poet as son, and the ominous mother father portraits hold out dark hints. For me his poems are deeply attached to home, to a way of grounding place, of establishing anchors. Kerrin P Sharpe is a NZ poet who really goes to the limit of the whole ‘say no to punctuation’ thing. I love the way the poetry moves into the truth of their experiences, thoughts, admissions. Generally, we can trace a handful of key ingredients in every culture. What drives you? Is that a mood / atmosphere thing? The Auckland University Press series devoted to new poets was launched in 1999 and featured the work of Anna Jackson, Sarah Quigley and Raewyn Alexander. IDK whether that’s what you meant, though. How important do you think space on the page is to a poem, and what informs your choices about that in terms of form? I suppose I’m interested in breaking up the narrative tone people assume, or the given pathway of a poem. Why were you drawn there? as it stencils birth on the white page: The agile syntax (‘we glove the light’) signals a heightened state, the sense of miracle, the wonder. In poetry, the concept of plucking two unfamiliar images from different cultures, and placing them alongside each other often creates a fascinating reaction, and a new energy. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. She is a staff writer for The Pantograph Punchand has a collection of poetry out in AUP New Poets 6. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Sculpture in 2017. I think I wanted to make my process of retraction and deletion visible, to show the process that occurs prior to a surface feeling smooth. A life full of creativity After graduating from AUT in 2017, Vanessa now splits her time between her work as an artist and her role as a writer and communications manager for The Pantograph Punch, one of New Zealand’s major online arts and writing journals. For many of those who served, the war brought them to Auckland. Being a creative person, it’s really difficult to settle into a creative process. The anthology brings together  voices speaking in multiple poetic forms, across multiple subjects, in shifting tones and hues. There are holes in the telling, dust-like veils, and startling images. Vanessa currently works for The Pantograph Punch as a staff writer, and as a curator at Window Gallery (University of Auckland). “I didn’t realise that what I was doing could be termed poetry. The craft gives me what people often call ‘flow’. I write poetry because I want to make things. Home About ART WRITING INTERVIEWS THE BIG IDEA Challenge It All In Your Artistic Practice ... POETRY SHELF AUP New Poets Six. I am hungry for poetry that offers facets of humanity, of humaneness. Of being home when home is mobile. Ben Kemp works as a primary school teacher in Papua New Guinea where he has lived for the past three years with his diplomat wife and three children. I Am A Human Being is Jackson Nieuwland’s debut poetry collection, published by Compound Press. I do try to make my sentences sound ‘correct’. I am reminded of Emma Neale’s power to deliver wonder and awe in a poem. That’s the fun bit. Chris Stewart’s sequence, ‘Gravity’, navigates the miraculous within everyday settings. Food also forms the cornerstone of a culture. I guess it’s the bigness of the universe that I draw on to compare to the small moments that seem big. Vanessa Mei Crofskey reads ‘”Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser’. As poets, we explore meaning, but the phonetic composition is equally as important, drawing from other languages broadens the palette. I was told to use capitals for words like ‘Russian’ and stuff like that, though, and I didn’t mind that. Is there a particular poem that you think is a good example of that? He faces big subjects such as birth, death and love, and rejuvenates them to the point your skin pricks as you read. You can read Vanessa’s poem ‘The Capital of My Mother’  here, You can hear Wen-Juenn read ‘Prologue’  here, You can hear Nina read ‘Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 2016’ here. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Here are the final verses: Ah. He credits the late Taupo-based Māori writer and mentor Rowley Habib with helping him tap into poetry and original writing in his twenties. Poet Erik Kennedy says a few words and reads a poem by Chris Stewart: And now for the AUP poets (Chris Stewart, Ben Kemp and Vanessa Crofskey): Vanessa Crofskey reads ‘I used to play the silent game even during the lunch breaks’, https://nzpoetryshelf.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/silent-game-aup-6-vc-recording.m4a. I explored Japanese film, theatre and literature for a number of years, and began to explore ways to fuse. Vanessa Crofskey is a writer and artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Vanessa Crofskey (born in 1996) is a writer and artist of Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā descent. Vanessa to Chris: Ben might have asked u this already!!! They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. I had a similar experience in my early twenties. These ladies are not afraid to rage against the machines. NEWSROOM Surrey Hotel Residency 2020. I’m really interested in what you mean by ‘force of nature’. A 1-75, Exit 5, Lake Park Minutes south of Valdosta 229-559-6822 Monday-Saturday 9-8, Sunday 10-6 www.lakeparkoutlets.com. Powered by WordPress. But what draws you to lowercase? I love this collection, which brings together three such different poets as Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. ‘I’ thus becomes a cave, a bear, a dog, a fireman, a mysterious object, a liar, a void, a ghost, a location. I suppose I’m writing from a place of only just beginning to know myself and yet it feels like that is such a public journey, people put things and assumptions on you before you even make the first step. So I’m sorry that our launch can only be virtual because I would have loved to see Vanessa and Chris in live action (and Ben coming in over the ether) but thanks to Paula for hosting us here and to the great team who made the book: editor Nic Ascroft and proofer Louise Belcher; designer Greg Simpson; Creative New Zealand for the funding and the lovely AUP team, Katharina Bauer, Sophia Broom and Andy Long. She has performed across Auckland, and was the 2015 UoA's… Ben Kemp’s ‘The Monks Who Tend the Garden with Tiny Scissors’ also assembles poetry as a way of listening. I Take My Virtual Body to the Sistine Chapel; Mapping out The O.C. He has a BA in History and Art History with minors in English and Education from the University of Otago and two graduate diplomas in teaching. The contrast and the juxtaposition of colours has always inspired me. Vanessa to Ben: Writing from the perspective of being a Māori person living in Japan feels both curious and insightful, a place to discover both foreign and common cultural connections anew. He embeds the physical in order to evoke the intangible, the hard to say. ( Log Out /  The Pine Tree; cute trip 2 the zoo; Aubade for Larks in December; CULTURE. The poem spins on the page, a spinning vignette of fatherhood, sharp, on edge, knowing. being both Maori and Pakeha. yes! 23 April, 2020: Vanessa Crofskey. Years later, I came into contact with the films of Akira Kurosawa, and I was immediately struck by a familiar energy. I love humanity and hate it at the same time. I fear for the environment and our disregard for it horrifies and frightens me. There are a couple of poems in there that I’ve punctuated ‘correctly’. Exactly what I want to be reading now. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Vanessa is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Personifying the natural world enables me to express how poorly we treat it. AUP New Poets 6 eBook: Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben, Stewart, Chris, Jackson, Anna: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store AUP NEW Poets 6 is a glorious read. The collection was launched on Poetry Shelf during lockdown, level four, with a series of readings, poems and interviews. Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. I definitely edit stuff if I think it needs to ‘sound better’ or if there are awkward sentence structures that need ‘smoothing out’. There is so much in this anthology, poems about whale strandings, teething, dispossession, loss, the pain of physical exercise, the embarrassment of swimwear, the gravity of responsibility, the love you feel with the shiver of your skin, friends to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a parent to the rescue, cherry blossom, the chatter of 10.000 sea-gulls, clean sheets, rice, bathing a child, white washed pages, red ink and more. I suppose elevating the mundane is one way of putting it. POETRY. What ideas do you want to ‘get at’ in this way? What do you think your poems are saying about that? Aup New Poets 6 | Jackson, Anna, Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben | ISBN: 9781869409098 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. AUP New Poets 6 includes three very different poets – delivers three different reading impacts. These poems are why I keep reading poetry, and why I very much hope Chris has a book in the pipeline. AUP New Poets 6 Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey, Chris Stewart, edited and introduced by Anna Jackson, Auckland University Press, 2020. become that river and dissolve into the essence of I. Vaughan Rapatahana presents Part 2 of his feature on New Zealand Asian women poets. What effect do you want that to create for the reader? Thanks everyone – do mark this book on your list to buy once bookshops are back in business. i’m so authentic i use chopsticks to eat macaroni watch hentai on my huawei and go to ponsonby central to eat chinese i don’t… Read More. I have ADHD so I think I just jump around in my brain anyway!!!! I like space, and the careful arrangement of the poem on the page creates breathing space for the eye. an online archive of diary entries by Asian artists and writers, … Chris to Vanessa: Some of your poems seem to be ‘getting at’ the subject of ‘identity politics’ (e.g. Again I am very much hoping there is a book in the pipeline. Gisborne-born Kemp arrived in the Pacific following six years in Australia and ten years in Japan. This poem was published in the latest issue of Starling (Starling 10). Ben to Chris: How do you develop the rhythm and structure of each poem? I have definitely tried to write poems about being from Aotearoa, but I don’t think any of them have been good enough to be published! After completing the course at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2015, winning The Margaret Mahy Prize, his poems have been published in New Zealand journals such as Snorkel, Takahē, Sweet Mammalian, Brief, Catalyst, Mimicry, Blackmail Press, and Aotearotica. Is it instinctual? Chris to Vanessa: ‘peak hour Kmart lines of salmon dancing’. Poetry Shelf review: AUP New Poets 6 He regularly attends the monthly open mic event ‘Catalyst’, a forum for literary and performance poets in Christchurch. I want this complexity of comfort and challenge. Vanessa Crofskey is an artist and writer interested in bodily architecture and swimming. Sometimes I kind of just get a feeling that I want to bash certain images together or that I want to write something about something-or-other, and I can’t get rid of the urge until I’ve sat down and got it out in a poem. Whitman is a celebration of everything that is light and dark in the human spirit. The poem ‘mummy’ is one example of where I’ve done that, though – I think that’s more about pace than meaning. There were opportunities to hear people read and talk about things beyond our local venues. Vanessa Mei Crofskeyis an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. There is political edge and personal vulnerability. every time auckland council says ‘diversity targets,’ my phone vibrates). So I wanted to replicate that in my poems to be able to speak about how I felt about something personal, which was sexual trauma. IF I’M A WATER-BEARING AIR SIGN DOES THAT MAKE ME PERSPIRATION? Vanessa Crofskey is a Chinese/European artist whose practice spans the boundaries of installation, poetry and performance. Astonishing. What does the craft give you in return? Which poem were you most surprised by, in terms of what you wrote or gained insight around? 249341-F-A.rYur-r'l-,i~- . ' What parts of Walt Whitman appeal to you, and how do you think they appear in your poems? Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I think it is instinctual. Vanessa Crofskey, our first poet to lead us to include fold-outs and colour in a poetry book (and excel graphs and arrival cards). Interesting question. I am reminded of how language shapes us as much as we shape the languages we use. I guess the line is more a reflection of my own feelings of displacement i.e. I hitched a ride on that wind-blowing orchestra, my consciousness, and perfect white sunlight on a vast bed of sand …. Do you mean they seem powerful in some way? Vanessa Mei Crofskey reads ‘”Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser’. Poetry Shelf video Starling spot: Vanessa Mei Crofskey reads ‘”Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser’, Poetry Shelf Lounge: Anna Jackson launches AUP New Poets 6, http://erikkennedy.com/videos/erik-kennedy-reading-chris-stewart-aup-new-poets-6-launch-2020-03-28.mp4, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: In Jacket2 Vaughan Rapatahana presents Part 2 Kiwi Asian women poets, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Anna Jackson reviews Bill Manhire’s Wow at ANZL, Poetry Shelf: 8 Poets pick favourite 2020 poetry reads, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: takahē 100 launched, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Ursula Bethell Residency 2021, Poetry Shelf reading room: A. Davida Jane’s Every Dark Waning. How is it different to other structural techniques that you could have chosen to separate the units of meaning within the poem? I mean, childbirth is kind of a cosmic experience. Read "AUP New Poets 6" by Vanessa Crofskey available from Rakuten Kobo. It was one of those poems that was like an ice sculpture; the big block of ice was frozen in place quite early, and the chipping away of small pieces around the edges happened bit by bit over time until I kind of just knew it was done. What is the place of food in your poetry? I enjoy the feeling of potential when I sit down to do a poem. Each volume features three poets, a number of whom have since published highly regarded collections of their own (for example Chris Tse, Sonya Yelich, Reihana Robinson). Change ). Fantastic question. AUP NEW Poets 6 launch: listen to the poets read here. I find I write my best stuff if I’ve been thinking about poetry and writing regularly for at least a couple of weeks (I’ve heard it called ‘oiling the machine’), and sometimes I’m in that mode, and sometimes I’m not. Miles Davis claimed that the most important notes were the ones you don’t play. ABOUT. It happens in fits and starts. Both Walt Whitman and Henry Miller outlined a process where the person must die in order for the artist to grow from the ashes. From ‘Food to Song’: steam rises, the buttery smell of pork belly. Vanessa 梅 Crofskey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau. I am of mixed ethnicity and that has always created huge tension in me. Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. He credits the late Taupo-based Māori writer and mentor Rowley Habib with helping him tap into poetry and original writing in his twenties. The commas thing: well, I don’t usually like using punctuation at all for a variety of reasons. I love the surprising imagery and incongruous juxtapositions in your poems. Chris to Ben: The essence of I seems to have some connection to song of myself by Walt Whitman. AUP New Poets 6, eBook pdf (pdf eBook) von Vanessa Crofskey bei hugendubel.de als Download für Tolino, eBook-Reader, PC, Tablet und Smartphone. I think writing is like putting a puzzle together, but you have to create the pieces yourself as well. And building bridges. Volume 7 will be out in August, but first I want to mark the arrival of AUP New Poets 6: Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey, Chris Stewart. Crofskey creates award winning and impactful experiences, taking home the 2018 Auckland Theatre Company’s Here and Now award the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival Fringe award and the Auckland Fringe Best Spoken Word award 2 years running. Her work uses interdisciplinary methodology to blur the lines between art, text and object. : AUGUST + SEPTEMBER ; IF I’M A WATER-BEARING AIR SIGN DOES THAT MAKE ME PERSPIRATION? I think it is  a lot about the phonetic beauty of language and how they interact with English when placed alongside each other. World War I didn’t just take place on distant battlefields. A mate of mine, Erik Kennedy, said that he thought I was good at creating moods, so maybe that’s what you mean. It’s challenging but interesting! It was supposed to happen in hospital… but it happened on the veranda on the way to the car. Tokyo was where he discovered his passion for Kabuki theatre and Japanese film and literature. Yes. Defining culture through one ingredient is fascinating to me. Vanessa Crofskey (born in 1996) is a writer and artist of Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā descent. Created by ThemesIndep. It takes a lot of brain space to organise yourself in order to create art… I get very little time that I can actually allocate to that; it’s usually between 8-10pm, and I’m usually buggered from the non-stop day, so unless I have a specific idea for a poem that is churning away and I’m really motivated to drive that forward, I just don’t do it. What motivates you to write about a specific moment in particular? Turn over the page, and again there is a shift between light and dark, a sense of awe: This is poetry at its rejuvenating best. Why have you chosen not use commas throughout? She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, dreams of Wellington and studies sculpture. I am raising my glass and declaring this beautiful book well and truly launched. I think it’s ironic that people own your identity more than you do yourself. I think there’s only a couple of poems that play with astronomical imagery. PAGE 4C, MARCH 15-16, 2006 NORTH FLORIDA FOCUS Continued from Page 3C graphic art suitable to be … This word stuck, that phrase, this image. I will often draw humanity in with affection, then in the next line, throw it away in disgust. I want people to think about what’s been removed and hidden, and perhaps why. She braids the personal and the political as she moves into the truths of her experience. His artistic work has often explored the nexus between Japanese and Māori/Polynesian culture. When I get home I’m often too tired to really give them the best of me. The events and mahi that did occur during this time is pretty special. There is wit at work, but it is also serious – reading poetry becomes a way of listening. Yes, family is the glue that holds the sequence together, along with the poet’s astute and probing gaze into experience. In saying that, as a secondary school teacher, I often feel I put more energy into other people’s kids than my own kids. Vanessa to Ben: Your writing spans several languages through words and phrases – from English to Japanese to te reo Māori. Poetry, for example, is a way of becoming. Reading this, I am hoping there is a book in the making. 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