My Montreal International Poetry Prize long-listed poem, “Smoke,” is now live and available to read on the Montreal Prize site.
My poem, “Smoke,” has made the 70-poem longest of the Montreal International Poetry Prize, which received about 2,000 entries. The list is here:
Congratulations, as well, to NZ poet Johanna Emeney for making the list.
Harry Ricketts reviewed Native Bird with fellow Hoopla collections Bones in the Octagon (Carolyn McCurdie) and Mr Clean & the Junkie (Jennifer Compton) on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon. Listen here: http://bit.ly/1FNNjhy
I’m excited to announce the publication of my third poetry collection, Native Bird, with Makaro Press. It officially launches this week with events in Palmerston North, Wellington and Dunedin as part of Makaro’s Press’s Hoopla Series, alongside excellent collections by Carolyn McCurdie (Bones in the Octagon) and Jennifer Compton (Mr Clean & The Junkie).
About Native Bird
In his third poetry collection, award-winning poet Bryan Walpert—who arrived in New Zealand from the U.S. a decade ago—writes of what it’s been like to be an observer or “birdwatcher” in a land whose physical and cultural geographies he is still learning to name. With his trademark precision and insight, Bryan weaves meditations on the life and songs of birds into his observations on living as a new settler in wind-charged Manawatu. Working at the shifting borders between homes and hearts, prose and poetry, call and song, this is an arresting collection that speaks to us all.
The book is available to purchase online here.
Or if you’re in NZ, come along to one of the three Hoopla Series Launches:
Thursday, 16 April, 6:30 p.m.
Palmerston North Central Library
Sunday 19 April, 4 p.m.
Poetry at the Fringe
The Fringe Bar, Allen Street
Wednesday 22 April, 5:30 p.m.
Dunedin Public Library
My poem “Objective Correlative,” which was a finalist for the Rattle poetry award last year, is featured online today on Rattle:
Ephraim’s Eyes, named a Best Book of 2010, has just been published as an e-book. The collection is available both for Kindle and as an I-Book for US$2.99.
Praise for Ephraim’s Eyes:
“These Stories are extraordinary things.” (Mary McCallum).
“Walpert’s stories jump through matters as diverse as ecology, mycology, super-hero mythology, the role of the olive through history and Buddhism. It’s an impressive collection with stories that resonate with compassion and insight. (Robin Lewis, LeftLion Magazine)
The story “Earth-One, Earth-Two,” from Ephraim’s Eyes, has been published in a new ebook short fiction anthology, Slightly Peculiar Love Stories, out from Rosa Mira Books. The anthology features authors from New Zealand, Argentina, Israel, Hong Kong, the US, and the UK .
From the publisher:
Slightly Peculiar Loves Stories paint a grand mandala of experience and circumstance: love appears and disappears; it yearns after an old flame or a new planet; it dares to declare itself, or to wait for the right one; it aches in the head, the heart, the groin, and all over. Love is characterised in the curve of a hip, in the folded corner of a page; it fondles memories or fast-forwards into fantasy or fetishism, even psychosis. It falls for unlikely people and suffers fits of jealousy …
You’ll read of love in a time of war; late, old love; love left too late; and mysterious new love that demands a leap of trust. A couple of stories poke into dark corners where love is whittled to a sliver of hope or a single compassionate act.
Whimsical, intense, pensive or amorous — in SPLS you should find a story for every mood.
Find out more about our eclectic and talented authors, the famous and the daisy-fresh, on the Rosa Mira Blog
Ephraim’s Eyes was named one of the top five books for 2010 by NZ novelist Mary McCallum on a Book Review segment today on Radio New Zealand National. You can list to the segment here (scroll down to Book Review–Best of 2010). Here is Mary’s list of the top five books of 2010:
Katherine Mansfield The Storyteller by Kathleeen Jones
Published by Penguin
Ephraim’s Eyes by Bryan Walpert
Published by Pewter Rose Press
Lie of the Land by Pat White
Published by Victoria University Press
These I Have Loved edited by Harvey McQueen
Published by Steele Roberts
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Published by 4th Estate