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Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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Good news at last!

After the reported deaths of Arthur C Clarke and Anthony Minghella were clouding the day, it was nice to receive an e-mail from catsparx  that sent a sharp beam of sunlight through the clouds making everything so much, much better. Cat wrote to inform me that a mutual friend of ours(who we haven't seen in ages) has won New Zealand's richest literary award.

Well done, David Beach!


David is a wonderful poet (there are some samples of his work in a review of Abandoned Novel) and well deserves the accolade (and the money!)

(Of course, it's going to be difficult to contact him as I remember him shunning computers - an old fashion phone call may have to suffice.)

Here's his poem Parachute -from the Best New Zealand Poetry 2003

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Gangsta rappers aren't poets?!?

Oops. I was just going to go back and wipe my 'contribution' since I don't really feel I have the right to rain on your collective parades. You apparently know the gentleman concerned and my particular impression of what is and isn't poetic is therefore all but irrelevant to this discussion.

Gangsta rappers poets? Well not in the conventional book-signing, writer's centre-gathering, anthology-publishing sense. Don't worry, I've been alienating postmodernists for years now and that's not going to change. Maybe I'll stick to song lyrics, though of course half of those don't rhyme or alliterate or assonate or any of the other bugger wonderful things that once made this whole thing worth doing.

Don't worry, I've been alienating postmodernists for years now and that's not going to change.

Heh - I remember a conversation with David when we were discussing starting a pre-modernist movement.

(Back in the days of the Drunk Poets Society.)

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