13 February 2012

Tuesday Poem: 'Strangers on a Tram' by Fleur Adcock

(If you can't view the video, which should be embedded above, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfFFUilx2EI)

Fleur Adcock was one of the first New Zealand woman poets I discovered. And, what's more, she was even from Wellington! (Sort of - she'd already left the country by then.) I remember getting out those slim hard-back books of hers out of the school library, reading and re-reading. Reading lines like 'poetry is the most important thing', and being totally inspired.

The poem above is a new one to me - it's from a new collection, Dragon Talk, which was published last year. I'll have to go track it down.


Rachel Fenton said...

Dragon Talk isn't the strongest collection of Fleur's for me but I have been re-reading her work of late and seeing new things in it so a re-visit is in order.

"For a Five-Year-Old" is my favourite of her poems, still.

Elizabeth Welsh said...

'How dare she have the cheek to understand me' - what fabulous, candid lines. I am such a big fan of Fleur Adcock as well - I think she was the only NZ poet that we studied when I was at school. Thanks for posting this poem, Helen - I hadn't encountered it... yet :)