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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Maori from Aotearoa-New Zealand, married to a lady from Pampanga, Philippines - where we also have a home - living & working for a long time now in Hong Kong. Fortunate to have been published in a wide variety of genre.

Two completely separate poetry collections were published in November, 2011 - china as kafka (Kilmog Press, Dunedin, Aotearoa) and Home Away Elsewhere (Proverse Press, Hong Kong.)

However the key book - forthcoming from Multilingual Matters, U.K in June, 2012 - will be English Language as Hydra - please see link here:

This will be a very significant tome.

Vaughan Rapatahana

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for a dead son; six years on

six years have swooped by,
eye-dead vultures
flaunting exenterate talons.

gutted still,
I relinquish

shambling my days,
as zombie carcass,
mere carrion,

a w a i t i n g