Poetry in motion

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AN afternoon of poetry is planned for Invercargill this Sunday.

The recital will feature performance poet Blair Reeve, former poet laureate Cilla McQueen and an open mic opportunity for other poets to share their work.

Reeve, who is originally from Invercargill but now based in Hong Kong, said his poetry was very sound-based and he liked to play with language.

“It’s usually quite humorous and I guess it’s often about language itself, as a theme of my writing,” he said.

“It’s quite fast and I think it’s quite entertaining. I used to describe it as poetry for people who don’t like poetry.”

Reeve has also published two children’s books, Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink (for children aged 5-12), and Greta von Gerbil & Her Really Large Lexicon, which is for those aged 10 and up.

Reeve said Greta von Gerbil was entertaining for adults as well, and he planned to recite from the book on Sunday.

“[It’s about] using language in a creative and interesting way… I love rhyme and rhythm.”

Reeve said he started writing performance poetry while living in Dunedin in 1995. Since then he has completed a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing in Hong Kong, and written several short stories which have been published.

For more information about his work, go to www.anapestpress.com

Poetry recital and open mic, Sunday, 2pm, Invercargill Brewery, Leet St. Admission $10 adults. Under 18 or students koha/donation. Door sales only.

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