At Frankton Supermarket, Queenstown
In Frankton supermarket, it is possible to buy a frozen Atlantic lobster
Over for the day
......................from Hawea, past Cardrona, up the valley
to the pass where the road snails its way onto the Crown Range,
roll on up in your SUV, snowburnt, sunscreen-sweet, children
in the back, beer up the front, note foxgloves, fences, rabbits, the odd
poplars peering at real estate (never allowed in), mountain elbows
prodding each other for room. The subdivisions genuflect;
at Arrowtown we round up the boy in glib reminiscence,
eat a pizza called Glenorchy at one of the local pubs.
Taking selfies by the ruins, we are complex. Survivors,
we have become the presiding custodians of perspective,
paradisal grubs awaiting the gulp of a new long century.
By the fruit and veg, I sponsor the Remarkables with my eyes.
Eternal death, its blank face pressed up to the roof window,
browses today’s specials, cold mountain ghosting a customer.
from Manifesto Aotearoa ed. Emma Neale and Philip Temple
(Otago University Press)
Richard Reeve is an Otago-based poet, editor and reviewer. His five collections of poetry to date are Dialectic of Mud (Auckland UP, 2001), The Life and the Dark (Auckland UP, 2004), In Continents (Auckland UP, 2008), The Among (Maungatua Press, 2008) and Generation Kitchen (Otago UP, 2015). Richard holds a PhD on ‘New Zealand poetic reality’, and is a lawyer by profession. While his poetry often is philosophical, he describes himself as ‘as a poet of visceral themes and energetic language.’
Richard Reeve’s Choice: ‘Dropped Pin: Jollie Street’’ by Michael Steven