ALAN BRUNTON was born
in Christchurch in 1946 and died suddenly in Amsterdam on June 27,
2002. He sent Best New Zealand Poems the following biographical
note on March 28th:
Alan Brunton has
published nine books of poetry including: Ecstasy, as well
as compact disk: 33 perfumes of pleasure (Free Word Band, 1997).
Co-editor with Murray Edmond and Michele Leggott of Big Smoke:
New Zealand Poems 1960-1975 (Auckland UP, 2000). Co-founder with
Sally Rodwell of the experimental theatre troupe Red Mole (ongoing
since 1974) based in Wellington since 1988 and previously in New York,
New Mexico, London and Amsterdam. Most recent theatre script: Comrade
Savage (Bumper, 2000); most recent video production: Crazy Voyage
(Red Mole, 2001). Has recently appeared at international festivals
in Colombia (2000), Denmark (2001) and Norway (2002) but not yet in
his own country.
Brunton comments: Movie
is a death-trip; following the cortege away from his fathers
funeral, a man gets lost, the journey fades into an earlier one through
the mountains of Portugal. Everything falls apart, the man is left
at his table with fragments of poems, talking to someone who is not
there. This poem provides part of the text for the poem-video Heavens
Cloudy Smile and appears also in Ecstasy (both available
from Bumper Books, PO Box 7356, Wellington South).