Friday, July 24, 2009

The Big Cheese

Today is Montana Poetry Day in New Zealand. It's the day that the winner of NZ's premier poetry prize is announced. But it's not just a day for poets to hit the news. It's also a day when poets hit the streets and creative events go on all over the country.

Two years ago the prestige award went to Janet Frame's posthumous poetry volume THE GOOSE BATH, and as the 2007 winner, one of her poems from that volume was included in the 2009 Poetry Day brochure (pictured above).

The poem is "A New Cheese" and at first sight looks quite self-deprecating. Ah, but Frame was a lover of a fine cheese, and almost always had some very strong tasting and smelling cheeses in her larder.

An acquired taste, and a sign of quality.

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