World Poetry Day 2016

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World Poetry Day was officially celebrated on Monday, so we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the work of our Creative Writing students. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, says "UNESCO recognises in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness."

Mikoyan Vekula is a third year poet on the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) programme, and first came to our attention during a reading at the Whitireia Wellington campus last year.

The following poem was Mikoyan’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the 4th Floor Literary Journal – a selection of work written each year by students and tutors on the Creative Writing programme at Whitireia.

Sensational Plates by Mikoyan Vekula

Dirt and wayward grass in fields
Manure and fodder, pretty much
the same thing. Stampede for a
feed and hay bales dressed in rolls of plastic.

Chewed straw and a quick shot McDraw
from Taupō, slash, T-bone steak and veg
that’s chow come. Know what I mein.

Number-8 wire and etched ownership digits
in the pelt. South Island brunch. Tossed salad and
slippery olives from Spain and toasted bread done
with a touch of chilli, keeps the voice in trim.

Pavarotti songs in the kitchen of delight
pavlova and a candlelit scene. After-eight
company. A round table capable for two or
more. Flaming pudding, pineapple upside-down
and still the wait-person dons starch on black.

Tasty desserts and the freedom is having that prepared
satisfaction on small but potent portions and to
wash it down, liquors for last. Failing that – coffee.​