South of the past,
dreaming she was still alive,
Echo came in low, under the dateline,
over the mudflats, mirroring.
To see the plane kiss its shadow
she would have to be somewhere else
but she sees it, she sees everything
kissing everything. She was the pool,
his face bending lovely, lips
from Fits and Starts
(Victoria University Press)
Andrew Johnston is a New Zealand poet, critic and editor who lives in France. His books of poems include Fits & Starts (2016) which recently won the 2017 Ockham Book Award for Poetry, Sol (2007), Birds of Europe (2000), The Open Window (1999), The Sounds (1996) and How to Talk (1993), which won the 1994 New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.
Johnston was the co-editor, with Robyn Marsack, of Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets, published in 2009 by Carcanet, UK, and Victoria University Press, New Zealand. He also edited Moonlight: New Zealand Poems on Death and Dying (Random House, 2008). In 2007 he was the J D Stout Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.
(Bio photo credit: Peter Black, 2017)
Andrew Johnston’s Choice: ‘The whys and Zs’ by Bill Nelson