JENNY BORNHOLDT was born in Wellington in 1960. She began writing in
earnest after attending the Original Composition course at Victoria
University of Wellington. She has published seven books of poems, including
a Selected Poems Miss New Zealand. Her latest collection is
Summer (Victoria University Press, 2003) written during her
time in Menton, France, as the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial
Fellow. She is married to Gregory O’Brien, who makes occasional
appearances as a character in her poems. They co-edited My Heart
Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems (1996) and, with Mark Williams,
An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English (1997), which
won the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.
Bornholdt comments: ‘ “Ode to the Little Hotel” was
written after we spent a week in Paris in 2002 as part of my time in
Menton, France. I wanted to write a celebratory poem about Paris and
it ended up taking the form of an ode to the hotel we were staying in.
Of course it’s a love poem really – for a person and a place.
‘The poem was originally published as a limited edition book,
hand-printed by my brother-in-law Brendan O’Brien, with drawings
by Gregory O’Brien. Two of the drawings are reproduced with the
poem in Summer.’
Poem: Ode to the Little Hotel