Poet, publisher, singer, sailor, gardener, ANNE FRENCH is now living
again in Wellington where she was born in 1956. Anne’s Boys’
Night Out was published in 1998 by Auckland University Press and
was a finalist in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Her first
poems, All Cretans Are Liars (1987), won the New Zealand Book
Award for Poetry and the PEN Award for First Book of Poetry in 1988.
Her new collection, Wild, her sixth, was published by Auckland
University Press in February 2004.
Anne is a trained teacher and has had a distinguished
career in New Zealand publishing, but is now the Strategic Adviser,
Policy, Strategy and Evaluation, at the Foundation for Research and
Technology, where she spends her days thinking about such arcane things
as science system performance.
She comments: ‘ “A hank of her hair”
was the last poem in a short sequence about the end of a marriage. The
protagonists (my friends) didn’t seem to mind the poems (though
looking back now it seems a bit like taking liberties). Nonetheless,
the death of a relationship, especially a long-standing one, always
strikes me as a loss to the wider community, not just to the couple
themselves. Somehow we are all diminished by it.’
Poem: A hank of her hair