Poetry Writings Artwork and stories from Neil Furby

Mar 15, 2007 at 19:31 o\clock

March 13th Memory

walking today swept along the path my  memories of others litter  like these autumn leaves,

Forgotten voices drift back on the wind,

 whispers of love, fear, sadness

fellow  travelers on this dusty track-

Till a bird song shoos them away


@ Neil Furby 

Mar 11, 2007 at 11:56 o\clock

Bánáti Sverák Artist notes on Painting

In the painting  below not only the main character, a naked female figure standing in the middle but also the side characters, whose models, as tradition says, were some of the town-dwellers, and who - in spite of all the gesticulations - participate in the scene standing motionless around the sinner, looking in the distance. The female nude also represents a beauty ideal of some kind, with an idealized face character and a posture recalling that of the slave awakening from his dream created by Michelangelo. The picture is saturated with a melancholic feeling enhanced with the colours covered in grey tones.

Mar 11, 2007 at 11:48 o\clock

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her


Mar 7, 2007 at 20:32 o\clock

Fusion An exhibition I made happen


Mar 7, 2007 at 19:43 o\clock

Poetry Cafe New Zealand


Hello Poetry Lovers

Our guest for March will be multi-talented writer and performer Lynda Chanwai Earle is a fourth-generation Chinese New Zealander. Born in London in 1965 she spent her early childhood in Papua New Guinea before completing her education in New Zealand. She studied creative writing with Albert Wendt and graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Drama.

As a jazz poet, performance artist, filmmaker, playwright and actor, she has performed her work for over 15 years. She has produced various award winning performance pieces and was commissioned to produce a celebration of Women's Suffrage in 1993. Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies and a collection Honeypants (AUP) was published in 1994. Honeypants was selected for the 1995 Penn Book Awards and New Zealand Book Awards.

Lynda toured with Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu to prisons, marae and schools from 1995 to 1999, and has been involved as a script co-ordinator, drama facilitator and performer for dramas created by women in prison.

Lynda's groundbreaking one-woman play Ka Shue ("Letters Home") was selected to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 1997 International Women Playwrights' Conference in Ireland. It is the first authentically New Zealand-Chinese play for mainstream audiences and is semi-autobiographical. Together with her second play, Fire Mountain ("Foh-Sarn"), it was published by Women's Play Press in 2003. Both plays are prescribed texts in New Zealand Literature at the University of Auckland. Ka-Shue was recently reprinted in Manoa, University of Hawaii Press. She has two new plays, one of which, Monkey, premiered at the 2004 International Festival of the Arts and toured as part of Capital E National Children's Theatre Programme. Monkey weaves contemporary issues of school bullying into the mythology surrounding the Chinese classic Monkey and explores being an Asian child at school in New Zealand. Her other new play, Heat, for which she received the 1-year Circa Theatre Birthday Commission, is scheduled for production in 2007. Lynda was Co-writer and Art Director on Chinese Whispers a short film with MAP Productions 1996, and Co-Director on After a short film with Simon Raby 2003. She has worked as a journalist for the television programme Asia Down Under (TVNZ Channel One) and recently completed study for her MA in screenwriting with Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters. Other current projects include writing a feature film Doctor, Doctor...! with G.A.P. Productions.

Lynda represented New Zealand at the inaugural Hong Kong Literary Festival in 2001, the 2002 Philippines Asia-Pacific Poetry Conference, was Trans-Tasman writer at the 2003 Queensland Poetry Festival and attended the Shanghai Literary Festival in March 2005 as guest writer. Lynda currently lives in Wellington.

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Mar 7, 2007 at 19:19 o\clock

The good old days

Tried and tested

“I’d rather do without Shakespeare than Mrs Beeton”
- preface to Mrs Beeton’s All About Cookery, 1923

Mrs Beeton had her own maxims
‘there is no work like morning work’
the good housewife and her assistants
observe neatness and regularity
boots and knives to be cleaned before breakfast.

The days are marked out according to task
Mondays are for laundry work
sorting, soaking,
boiling, bleaching, blueing
rinsing, starching, wringing
drying, damping, mangling
ironing and airing.

Tuesdays to Saturdays are for cleaning
hands circling in a ritual of aroma and elbow grease
a torn pair of clean cotton underpants
is perfect for polishing:
dip first into furniture oil
rub smoothingly over the carved wooden legs
and burnish to a warm glow.

Sunday is a day of rest.
After Church, the service of luncheon,
relatives arrive for an ‘at home’ tea
beverages poured into gold rimmed cups
small iced cakes and other eatables
daintily arranged on plates with doilies
always the right cake forks.


@Helen Matthew