Pocket Poetry NZ


Have you come across a Pocket Poem yet?

Pocket Poetry is the Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) 2019/20 boutique poetry project.

We pop snippets of poems with accompanying photos/artwork on business sized cards.  A selection of these cards are displayed in business card holders on counters in several cafes and businesses around Dunedin.

They’re free!

Old Friends

We can’t help ourselves – we love sharing great poems!

Look out for them at: Roslyn Pharmacy, Urgent Pharmacy, Musselburgh Pharmacy, Resene Colorshop, Tuppence Cafe, Blacks Rd Grocers, Bloomin Gorgeous, Your Pro Chef, Dog with Two Tails, Trade Aid, Scribes, Taste Nature, Watsons Eatery, Morning Magpie, Mercy Cafe and Reception, Adjo cafe, Side-on cafe, The Kind Grocer and Project Wellness.

The place to be

Robert K Johnson – poet. Anne Bannock – artist

You’re welcome to pick one up to read, enjoy and pocket. 

New poems will appear on a regular basis.


Kath Beattie – poet. Anne Bannock – artist


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Spring 2019

Welcome to our Spring 2019 poetry card.

This edition’s poets are; Laura Mucha, Lois Parker Edstrom, Elena de Roo, Janice Marriott, Sandra Simpson, Barbara Crooker, Gayle Brandeis, Glenn Colquhoun, Robert Creeley and Donald McDonald.

These cards can be found at medical centres, rest homes, prisons, and hospices. They are free, so never hesitate to pick one up to take home for keeps or pass on to a friend.



Spring Poetry Cards


Contracted Braille

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National Poetry Day, August 23

AND we are celebrating.

Every patient at Mercy Hospital will receive one of 9 poARTry postcards and a Poems in the Waiting Room leaflet with their lunchtime meal.

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Every Southern DHB patient will receive a sheet of poetry on their lunch time meal tray.  Sincere thanks to the all the poets who loaned us their poems/haiku.


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PoARTry at Mercy


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Another National Poetry Day event

We’re also celebrating National Poetry Day on August 23 by providing all patients at Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital, with a poetry postcard on their lunch time meal tray. We selected 10 poems, offered them to 10 artists and their response to their chosen poem will be featured on the reverse side of 10 poARTry cards. The original artworks will be on display and for sale at Mercy.


Love in the Early Winter

I open the window
and breathe in so much air
that the rest of the world pauses
through lack of oxygen.
I am gulping in the serenity
of early winter in the morning.
There’s no bustle of breeze
so the grasses are still,
and the water race is duty bound
to reflect a frame of land.
This is the best season for light,
which flings itself
in acrobatic angles on whatever
takes its fancy.

The view spreads
up the valley and waits
by the hills.

Poet – Jenny Powell   Artist – Anna Reid   when there’s no need for words, but you want to stay in touch, send a PoARTry card.  waitingroompoems.wordpress,com


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Looking ahead – National Poetry Day August 23

We’re celebrating National Poetry Day on August 23 by teaming up with Southern DHB to provide poetry cards on the lunch time meal trays for all inpatients. Just because you’re not out and about doesn’t mean you should miss out on this celebration.

All will be revealed on August 23 – meanwhile here’s last year’s card.


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Winter 2019

IMG_2258The winter poetry cards have been posted all around New Zealand today. Look out for this latest card in your local medical waiting room, hospice, or rest home. They’re also available for prison inmates. Braille copies can be found at several Blind Foundation Centres. The Southern DHB has copies available in all their waiting areas.

Poems featured in the winter card are all by NZ poets: Eric Dodson, Richard Mays, Jilly O’Brien, Brian Small, Tui Bevan, Michaela Keeble and Lynn Davidson.

Sincere thanks to our Sponsor Mercy Healthcare.

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