Best New Zealand Poems 2001


Alan Brunton


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 father’s 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 Heaven’s Cloudy Smile and appears also in Ecstasy (both available from Bumper Books, PO Box 7356, Wellington South).”



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Auckland University Press