Hooray! My astronaut poem, Earthrise, has been chosen by Vincent O’Sullivan for Best New Zealand Poems 2014! You can see it (and all the others) here. (Go take a look. It’s a great resource.) I’m feeling quite chuffed about it. I had a lovely time writing it, and doing research around the first forays into space. So when Sue Wootton chose it last year to appear in JAAM 32, I was delighted. But being chosen as one of the 25 best poems of last year … even better. (Not least because I’ve never been picked for BNZP before.) And to add a sprinkle of chocolate to it all, one of Brian Turner’s poems that I published in takahē 83 has also made it in. Hooray again!
But don’t fret, dear readers. In case you worried that I was in danger of getting conceited about this run of successes … I yesterday got a rejection letter from Landfall. (The only consolation – and it’s a big stretch – is that I only sent two poems, whereas I usually send six. So having a ‘no, thank you’ to two poems is perfectly normal, and not at all reason to sit down and cry into my hot chocolate …)
5 Replies to “I’m a Best New Zealand poem!”
lovely news Jan
Thank you! You’ve been in it a couple of times, haven’t you?
Congratulations, Joanna. Well deserved!
Congratulations, Joanna–I heard this news but was away at the time so only recording my excitement and handsprings now. 🙂