This was a challenging time for new books when many of us felt tilted as readers and writers, and our major contact with the world was via our screens. The book is beautiful – I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it soon. The contrast and the juxtaposition of colours has always inspired me. If so, thanks for the compliment! See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Vanessa’s connections and jobs at similar companies. I am of mixed ethnicity and that has always created huge tension in me. It was one of those poems that was like an ice sculpture; the big block of ice was frozen in place quite early, and the chipping away of small pieces around the edges happened bit by bit over time until I kind of just knew it was done. This poem was published in the latest issue of Starling (Starling 10). I have always been drawn into Maori culture, but it has never really accepted me. Kiwi Asian women poets have strong opinions. Each volume features three poets, a number of whom have since published highly regarded collections of their own (for example Chris Tse, Sonya Yelich, Reihana Robinson). Vanessa Crofskey is the author of AUP New Poets 6 (4.67 avg rating, 6 ratings, 3 reviews) Hhmmm… yep. In poems, we endeavour to express emotions in a new way, constantly exploring alternative perspectives and all the space in between. How we might stutter or provoke or soothe or struggle with words. Chris to Vanessa: The poem PTSD memes for the anxious / avoidant teen: I find the grid form quite innovative. Why have you chosen not use commas throughout? She braids the personal and the political as she moves into the truths of her experience. ‘I’ thus becomes a cave, a bear, a dog, a fireman, a mysterious object, a liar, a void, a ghost, a location. Ben’s poetry is alive with physical detail, sometimes ornate, sometimes shimmering with the deceptive simplicity reminiscent of haiku or tanka. Thanks to editor Anna Jackson’s mighty work, AUP NEW POETS has come back with a bang. The poetry welcomes both here and there. That’s the fun bit. As a person: my priority is family. I fear for the environment and our disregard for it horrifies and frightens me. Vanessa has 6 jobs listed on their profile. VANESSA MEI CROFSKEY. being both Maori and Pakeha. I find the poem deliciously quiet, slow paced, speaking of homeplace and ancestors, oceans and rivers. softer in the tractor tracks, we tough hands. I suppose elevating the mundane is one way of putting it. What is the place of food in your poetry? I’ve started to have very little patience for people who waste my time, too, because having kids means you have to be efficient if you want to achieve anything. I was inspired by the bingo memes I saw all over the internet that related common experiences to each other, it seemed like a way to confess certain behaviours or feelings without making yourself isolated or vulnerable. Change ). OK so what happened with that was there was a very clear trigger for that poem, and it was the birth of my second daughter. So you’re always battling against something or clearing away the debris before you find your pathway. Ben to Chris: In Gravity (btw it’s stunning) It seems you’ve drawn on the place and experience before birth. Vanessa Crofskeyis an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Getting to hear the three poets read at the online launch expanded tha audience, and am keen to make online readings an ongoing feature on Poetry Shelf. I mean, childbirth is kind of a cosmic experience. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Sculpture in 2017. Chris Stewart was born in Wellington but grew up in Christchurch. STAY HOME DIARY. I find I write my best stuff if I’ve been thinking about poetry and writing regularly for at least a couple of weeks (I’ve heard it called ‘oiling the machine’), and sometimes I’m in that mode, and sometimes I’m not. I think that’s what beauty feels like to me, dangerous and bumpy, so it didn’t make sense for the way it was written to be glossy. I had the attention span of a gnat. Still at a snail’s pace. She has written for The Spinoff, Gloria Books, New Zealand Herald, Dear Journal, Hainamana and other serious publishing places. I think that most of the poetry I read comes from NZ poets; I like to keep up to date with the contemporary journals, and of course there may be some features of language that happen subconsciously in my poems that are just because I’m ‘a New Zealander’, but putting ‘New Zealandness’ into my poems is not something that is ever at the forefront of my mind when I sit down to write. Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. Vanessa graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts (2017). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. i’m so authentic i use chopsticks to eat macaroni, and go to ponsonby central to eat chinese, i don’t carry hot sauce in my bag but i do bring soy to the party, my favourite movie of all time is studio ghibli, and my dad is the white side of the family, every time auckland council says ‘diversity targets’, my phone vibrates, i get suggested ads for the national party in chinese, and that think piece on bubble tea is a redirect to my. To be reading at such a human and humane level is significant. Yes, family is the glue that holds the sequence together, along with the poet’s astute and probing gaze into experience. A life full of creativity After graduating from AUT in 2017, Vanessa now splits her time between her work as an artist and her role as a writer and communications manager for The Pantograph Punch, one of New Zealand’s major online arts and writing journals. The poets: Aiwa Pooamorn, Nina Powles, Vanessa Crofskey, Wen-Juenn Lee, Shasha Ali and Joanna Li . What work do you want juxtaposition and imagery to do in your poems? Anna Jackson’s lithe introduction (which I read after reading the poems as is my habit) confirms her role as an astute and surefooted editor of this series, with her fine eye for poetry that holds and satisfies attention regardless of the world that bombards. Turn over the page, and again there is a shift between light and dark, a sense of awe: This is poetry at its rejuvenating best. i’m so authentic i use chopsticks to eat macaroni watch hentai on my huawei and go to ponsonby central to eat chinese i don’t… Read More. And in AUP NEW POETS 6 (our second in the new format, this time a book in rumpled bed sheets), the poets turn things inside out and upside down. Crofskey creates award winning and impactful experiences, taking home the 2018 Auckland Theatre Company’s Here and Now award the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival Fringe award and the Auckland Fringe Best Spoken Word award 2 years running. How is it different to other structural techniques that you could have chosen to separate the units of meaning within the poem? Sometimes I kind of just get a feeling that I want to bash certain images together or that I want to write something about something-or-other, and I can’t get rid of the urge until I’ve sat down and got it out in a poem. Vanessa Mei Crofskeyis an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. He has a BA in History and Art History with minors in English and Education from the University of Otago and two graduate diplomas in teaching. Ben to Chris: Why do you write poetry? I guess it’s the bigness of the universe that I draw on to compare to the small moments that seem big. Chris to Vanessa: ‘peak hour Kmart lines of salmon dancing’. What motivates you to write about a specific moment in particular? Both writers have been influential on me. The father is wakened by a teething baby at night. As she does so, writing poetry is testing and playing with form, discovering form. “I didn’t realise that what I was doing could be termed poetry. The craft gives me what people often call ‘flow’. She is interested in the space of contemporary language as an object of violent imposition, as well as a tool for intentional resistance. Firstly, punctuation is used to make things clear when clarity is a primary purpose. Chris to Ben: You make links between cultures in your poems. Vanessa Mei Crofskey is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. I like making things out of words – things that sound cool and mean something. Chris to Vanessa: In the poem ‘Beauty‘, I’m interested in the ‘redaction’ technique you’ve employed. Truth is such a dubious word, unstable, hard to pin down, we all know that, but truth seems to matter so very much in a world threatened by liars, catastrophe. When I was a child, we used to visit the local marae every Wednesday and listen to the elders tell stories. What drives you? There are holes in the telling, dust-like veils, and startling images. Vanessa Crofskey (born in 1996) is a writer and artist of Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā descent. What does the craft give you in return? I keep reading Ben’s poems and adjusting what I think poetry is and what it might be. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Poetry / writing is definitely something that I come back to and is there in me; it will always come out eventually. Yes. He regularly attends the monthly open mic event ‘Catalyst’, a forum for literary and performance poets in Christchurch. Vanessa to Ben: Your writing spans several languages through words and phrases – from English to Japanese to te reo Māori. I love this collection, which brings together three such different poets as Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. It is one I feel aware of in my everyday experience. Gravity was more drawn from the place and experience of the immediate post birth: The midwife was fiddling around with the placenta (we’ve still got them in our freezer!) He was born in Gisborne, has Rongowhakaata roots, grew up in Manutuke and Matawhero, lived in Australia for six years and ten in Japan. She has a degree in Sculpture that she mostly spent performing and writing poetry. And Chris Stewart, well his poetry is from Christchurch as a husband and a father, which may or may not be a first for us but we like it very much. Vanessa Crofskey began writing when she was struggling with mental health at 15. World War I didn’t just take place on distant battlefields. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Personifying the natural world enables me to express how poorly we treat it. This poetry is witty, vulnerable, challenging, complicated …. He faces big subjects such as birth, death and love, and rejuvenates them to the point your skin pricks as you read. Also a source of guilt. As she navigates form, she navigates being comfortable in her own skin. Paula Green is a poet, children's author, reviewer and anthologist living on Auckland's West Coast. I think I wanted to make my process of retraction and deletion visible, to show the process that occurs prior to a surface feeling smooth. There is wit at work, but it is also serious – reading poetry becomes a way of listening. So I wanted to replicate that in my poems to be able to speak about how I felt about something personal, which was sexual trauma. Vanessa has written for The Pantograph Punch, Dear Journal, Hainamana, Scum Mag and the NZ Herald, and performed at this year’s Auckland Writer’s Festival. What effect do you want that to create for the reader? I like using metaphor and imagery to surprise people, which makes them have to reorient themselves in a written landscape. It can actually affect my relationships, like, if all I want to do is sit down and write a poem, and someone else needs me to do something, then I can get quite irritated. Gisborne-born Kemp arrived in the Pacific following six years in Australia and ten years in Japan. AUP NEW Poets 6 is a glorious read. IF I’M A WATER-BEARING AIR SIGN DOES THAT MAKE ME PERSPIRATION? Perhaps the most  gripping poem is the longer ‘The Essence of I’, an ode to Walt Whitman. The title poem is a gem (well they all are!) We need poetry at a time like this and if we can’t buy books, we can read the books we have, and if we run out of books, we won’t run out of poetry on the internet, and if we have to self-isolate, we don’t have to be alone. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. Of course that was just the trigger, and you do tend to go away from the trigger a bit in the writing process. I loved the flow and sound of the sentences, but can you expand on what meaning the last line ‘the tree that grows in someone else’s garden’ has for you? Vanessa Mei Crofskey is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. This word stuck, that phrase, this image. It comes down to our mother tongue, to languages that are imposed, expectations on how we use language, and our own private relationships with how we speak ourselves. It went waaaay better than the hospital birth for our first daughter – Jo (my amazing) said it was kind of a healing experience for her. Home About ART WRITING INTERVIEWS THE BIG IDEA Challenge It All In Your Artistic Practice ... POETRY SHELF AUP New Poets Six. AUP NEW Poets 6 launch: listen to the poets read here. I love the surprising imagery and incongruous juxtapositions in your poems. I am hard pressed to think of a poet who has evoked birth, fatherhood, parenthood, so beautifully. Vanessa Mei Crofskey is an artist, producer and writer of Hokkien Chinese and Pākēha descent. Luckily, the midwife was there! I have definitely tried to write poems about being from Aotearoa, but I don’t think any of them have been good enough to be published! Walt Whitman, because he so acutely mined his own consciousness, both evolution and devolution. Thanks everyone – do mark this book on your list to buy once bookshops are back in business. I also often use space to replace punctuation because it declutters the page. Exactly what I want to be reading now. Reading this, I am hoping there is a book in the making. Is that a mood / atmosphere thing? She is also a two-time poetry slam champion and award-winning theatre maker but we promise that doesn’t detract from the rest of her career and personality. Poet Erik Kennedy says a few words and reads a poem by Chris Stewart: And now for the AUP poets (Chris Stewart, Ben Kemp and Vanessa Crofskey): Vanessa Crofskey reads ‘I used to play the silent game even during the lunch breaks’, https://nzpoetryshelf.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/silent-game-aup-6-vc-recording.m4a. She advocates for complex trauma survivors and those with attention deficit disorder, plus is very funny and knows a lot about what snacks to eat. 249341-F-A.rYur-r'l-,i~- . ' The movements in hand, saying we love each other …. There is darkness and there is light. She is a staff writer for The Pantograph Punchand has a collection of poetry out in AUP New Poets 6. There is so much in this anthology, poems about whale strandings, teething, dispossession, loss, the pain of physical exercise, the embarrassment of swimwear, the gravity of responsibility, the love you feel with the shiver of your skin, friends to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a parent to the rescue, cherry blossom, the chatter of 10.000 sea-gulls, clean sheets, rice, bathing a child, white washed pages, red ink and more. This poem was published in the latest issue of Starling (Starling 10). Vanessa to Ben: Your writing is so beautiful! His artistic work has often explored the nexus between Japanese and Māori/Polynesian culture. feathers in their hair, with paintbrushes for fingers and flutes for mouths. It reminded me of some sort of neolithic wizardy person reading the rune stones, and I thought that I could write a poem about that kind of cosmic stuff. There is love and there are longings. But the lower case thing… I guess what I’d add to my answer to Ben’s question would be I think some poets, for example Nick Ascroft is one, use capitals at the beginning of every line, and I think this might be an appeal to tradition… Maybe I don’t really care about tradition? Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. Congratulations Anna Jackson, Vanessa Crofskey, Ben Kemp and Chris Stewart. IDK whether that’s what you meant, though. AUP New Poets 6 eBook: Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben, Stewart, Chris, Jackson, Anna: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store Is there a particular poem that you think is a good example of that? She was her last university’s former slam champion, and award-winning poet, and has performed and published a range of art and literature. And building bridges. Welcome to AUP New Poets 6 launch. Being a creative person, it’s really difficult to settle into a creative process. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. Vanessa has published and presented widely as an interdisciplinary artist – in performance spaces, galleries, festivals plus digital and print publications. AUP New Poets 6 (English Edition) eBook: Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben, Stewart, Chris, Jackson, Anna: Amazon.de: Kindle-Shop Wählen Sie Ihre Cookie-Einstellungen Wir verwenden Cookies und ähnliche Tools, um Ihr Einkaufserlebnis zu verbessern, um unsere Dienste anzubieten, um zu verstehen, wie die Kunden unsere Dienste nutzen, damit wir Verbesserungen vornehmen können, und um Werbung … Fantastic question. Vanessa Crofskey (born in 1996) is a writer and artist of Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā descent. as it stencils birth on the white page: The agile syntax (‘we glove the light’) signals a heightened state, the sense of miracle, the wonder. So I’m sorry that our launch can only be virtual because I would have loved to see Vanessa and Chris in live action (and Ben coming in over the ether) but thanks to Paula for hosting us here and to the great team who made the book: editor Nic Ascroft and proofer Louise Belcher; designer Greg Simpson; Creative New Zealand for the funding and the lovely AUP team, Katharina Bauer, Sophia Broom and Andy Long. When I get home I’m often too tired to really give them the best of me. 4/23/2020 0 Comments Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. Of how being human is neither formulaic nor flippant. Vanessa is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. [Part one] Vaughan Rapatahana (new) Malaysia at dusk. : AUGUST + SEPTEMBER ; IF I’M A WATER-BEARING AIR SIGN DOES THAT MAKE ME PERSPIRATION? Vanessa Crofskey is a young multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans the boundaries of text, performance and installation. ( Log Out /  I suppose I’m interested in breaking up the narrative tone people assume, or the given pathway of a poem. She loves making spreadsheets and collages. As poets, we explore meaning, but the phonetic composition is equally as important, drawing from other languages broadens the palette. For me, reading during level four was like collecting gleams and shards. Is there anything in particular that makes you feel more comfortable using a more casual style of grammar? I have ADHD so I think I just jump around in my brain anyway!!!! What effect do you think that adds to the poem? Of being home when home is mobile. I definitely edit stuff if I think it needs to ‘sound better’ or if there are awkward sentence structures that need ‘smoothing out’. I take the stance that writing is just words, rather than being in any way connected to, like, my spiritual essence or something. Thank you to the poets for their poetry, to Sam Elworthy and all the team at Auckland University Press and to editor Nick Ascroft, for bringing this book into the world. Chris to Ben:  I like how you use space in your poems (e.g. I used Maori gods and placed them in an unfamiliar setting, in order to sharpen a sense of displacement. Vaughan Rapatahana presents Part 2 of his feature on New Zealand Asian women poets. Vanessa Crofsky POETRY August 22, 2017. dumplings are fake By Vanessa Crofskey . Every decision I make is about ‘how will this affect my family?’ That includes putting work and writing behind that. You can take someone anywhere. A couple of poems near the end situate the poet as son, and the ominous mother father portraits hold out dark hints. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I guess the line is more a reflection of my own feelings of displacement i.e. Vanessa 梅 Crofskey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. These experiences really shaped me. There are a couple of poems in there that I’ve punctuated ‘correctly’. I Don't Know the Word for Depression in Mandarin by Vanessa Crofskey Vanessa Crofskey is a mixed race Chinese poet, born and raised in New Zealand, who misses Malaysia often. I Am A Human Being is Jackson Nieuwland’s debut poetry collection, published by Compound Press. Glorious, simply glorious. I also want the line break to do work: surprise, ambiguous meanings, pace etc… In saying that, I do shy away from finishing and starting different sentences on the same line without full stops. yes! The poem ‘dumplings are fake’ sits on the page with verses and measured space, moves with a conversational flow and that characteristic probe into self. ABOUT. Vanessa Crofskey. A mate of mine, Erik Kennedy, said that he thought I was good at creating moods, so maybe that’s what you mean. ‘The Essence of I’ signals a way of becoming. Both Walt Whitman and Henry Miller outlined a process where the person must die in order for the artist to grow from the ashes. carrying the burden of my impatience, they vent it. Generally, we can trace a handful of key ingredients in every culture. Next (Claudia Jardine) > < Previous (Sophie van Waardenberg) I think there’s only a couple of poems that play with astronomical imagery. Vanessa Crofskey is an artist and writer interested in bodily architecture and swimming. There were opportunities to hear people read and talk about things beyond our local venues. Tokyo was where he discovered his passion for Kabuki theatre and Japanese film and literature. Punctuation tends to ‘direct’ the reader, and I don’t want to do that. Vanessa Mei Crofskey reads ‘”Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser’ This poem was published in the latest issueof Starling(Starling10). I am reminded of how language shapes us as much as we shape the languages we use. And listening. Her latest collection of poetry is available with AUP New Poets Volume 6. Vanessa Crofskey is a Chinese/European artist who moves fluidly between poetry, theatre and contemporary art. I did feel a bit like I really had to get it down; the initial brainstorm happened very quickly, but it took me about three months to work on it. PAGE 4C, MARCH 15-16, 2006 NORTH FLORIDA FOCUS Continued from Page 3C graphic art suitable to be … Here are the final verses: Ah. I get that when i’m in the middle of writing something and it gets to the point where the language I’ve gathered starts to fit together and it all seems to drive itself. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The structure of this poem had to be split up to accommodate page sizing, but it is meant to be like a Bingo grid! It takes a lot of brain space to organise yourself in order to create art… I get very little time that I can actually allocate to that; it’s usually between 8-10pm, and I’m usually buggered from the non-stop day, so unless I have a specific idea for a poem that is churning away and I’m really motivated to drive that forward, I just don’t do it. Lol. Again I am very much hoping there is a book in the pipeline. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. AUP New Poets 6 Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey, Chris Stewart, edited and introduced by Anna Jackson, Auckland University Press, 2020. become that river and dissolve into the essence of I. It moves from Ben Kemp’s slow-paced attentive readings of place and people, in a selection moving between Japan and New Zealand, to the velocity of Vanessa Crofskey’s fierce, funny, intimate and political poetry, which takes the form of shopping lists, post-it notes, graphs, erasures, a passenger arrival card and even *poetry*, and finally to Chris Stewart’s visceral take on the domestic, the nights cut to pieces by teething, the gravity of love and the churn of time. Chris Stewart’s sequence, ‘Gravity’, navigates the miraculous within everyday settings. I think it is  a lot about the phonetic beauty of language and how they interact with English when placed alongside each other. I think writing is like putting a puzzle together, but you have to create the pieces yourself as well. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! You can read the full piece with poems here. The poem/vessel is so short/small, but I feel that I was able to get both Japanese and Maori words/images to snuggle into each other comfortably. I think it is instinctual. Every word must serve a purpose and be innately linked to the whole of the poem. Vanessa Crofskey Chris Stewart Anna Jackson Plus others to be announced In stores now: Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today. Powered by WordPress. In poetry, the concept of plucking two unfamiliar images from different cultures, and placing them alongside each other often creates a fascinating reaction, and a new energy. She graduated from AUT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts… Vanessa Crofskey is a writer and artist whose style has been described as both introspective and “on fire”. and commenting on what it looked like and what it meant. After completing the course at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2015, winning The Margaret Mahy Prize, his poems have been published in New Zealand journals such as Snorkel, Takahē, Sweet Mammalian, Brief, Catalyst, Mimicry, Blackmail Press, and Aotearotica. These poems are why I keep reading poetry, and why I very much hope Chris has a book in the pipeline. She has performed across Auckland, and was the 2015 UoA's… Ben Kemp’s ‘The Monks Who Tend the Garden with Tiny Scissors’ also assembles poetry as a way of listening. By Brooke Fraser ’ three different reading impacts of text, performance and installation four was like gleams... < Previous ( Sophie van Waardenberg ) vanessa Mei Crofskeyis an artist writer... 6 ( 4.67 avg rating, 6 ratings, 3 reviews ).... 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