Summer 2018

IMG_0506.JPGOur summer card has been out a month now so a very belated welcome to it. If anyone in NZ would like copies of the summer card please let me know, I’ve got plenty to spare.

The featured December poets come from the USA and NZ – Faith Shearin, Robert K Johnson, Rosalind Horsman, Joyce Sutphen, Carolyn McCurdie, Marjorie Saiser, Greg O’Connell, Michael Estabrook, Helen Yong, Sidney Hall Jr, and Ruth Dallas.

I loved putting this card together. I hope you enjoy the selection. Send me feedback any time – it lets me know I’m on track!

Cheers -Ruth

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Our 2019 Poetry Competition

The PitWR trustees would like to thank  Otago University Press and Otago University Bookshop for their long-term support of our annual poetry competition. We welcome Karen McDonnell to our sponsorship team.  Karen owns The Wardrobe in South Dunedin Earlier in the year Karen opened The Wardrobe  for two evenings with 20% of the nights’ takings going to Poems in the Waiting Room. Please support our sponsors.


Take a seat and read all the entry conditions below. Apologies for such a long scroll but hopefully the information will answer any questions you may have.

Conditions of Entry:

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. By entering the “Poems in the Waiting Room 2019 Poetry Competition” (“the Competition”), entrants agree to be bound by these Conditions of Entry.

  • The Competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
  • The Competition commences on November 1 2018 and closes at 5pm on 28 February 2019.
  • The maximum length for each poem submitted is 25 lines (excluding title).
  • Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it, and may not have been previously published, broadcast, awarded any prize or payment or submitted elsewhere until after the announcement of the results of the Competition.
  • Poems may be on any subject or theme. The poems must be easily accessible, and not make great demands. Poems with political, religious, medical or morbid overtones will not be successful.
  •  Poems may be either neatly hand-written or typed on A4 paper.
  •  All entries will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by – a sheet of paper detailing the title/s of the poem/s, the entrant’s name, address, contact number and email address.
  • The entry fee is $5.00 for each poem. Payment may be made to any branch of the BNZ to the credit of Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) a/c no. 02-0912-0102691-00, giving your name as the payer reference; or by cheque made out to ‘Poems in the Waiting Room NZ’, or in cash. Entry fees will be used to assist with ongoing funding so we can maintain our distribution area.
  • To enter the Competition, entrants should send one copy of each poem to Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ), 19 Hunt Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin 9013.
  •  All entries must be received no later than 5pm on 28 February 2019 otherwise the entry will not be accepted. PitWR (NZ) takes no responsibility for lost, damaged, misdirected, late, illegible or incomplete entries. Entries submitted electronically will not be accepted.
  • Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
  • The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entrants must ensure that they keep a copy of their poem as poems cannot be returned and for administrative reasons entries cannot be acknowledged.
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author.
  • The prize winners will be announced in April 2019 on PitWR (NZ)’s blog ( . Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • By accepting a prize, winners consent to PitWR (NZ) using his/her details and photographs for promotional and media publicity purposes.
  • Winning poems may not appear in any other publication or website until after their publication in the PitWR(NZ) winter edition.
  • All entries received will be considered for publication in PitWR (NZ)’s English and Braille seasonal editions.
  • PitWR (NZ) reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition or these Conditions of Entry at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on PitWR (NZ)’s blog ( In the event of the Competition being cancelled all entry fees will be refunded.



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Only three days left of A Palette of Poetry

We close on Sunday afternoon, October 28th,  so if you fancy looking at some great artwork and reading some terrific poems get yourself down to Resene Colorshop in Crawford St, Dunedin. All the artworks are for sale. Red Dots mean sold.

Capture 2Anne Bannock’s Today I bought ………

IMG_0435Andy McCready’s Holy Scrap

Janie Porter’s The Sounds of the Sea and Abstract Points on Lines

IMG_0489.JPGKaren McDonnell’s response to the Jenny Joseph poem, Warning

IMG_0362Pauline Bellamy’s “The Second-hand Tent.”

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And the exhibition continues…..

If you live in Dunedin, pop along to the Resene Colorshop in Crawford St. Our annual fundraising exhibition is on until Sunday October 28. All artworks are for sale.

Four very different responses to the Jenny Joseph poem, Warning.

Artists from top to bottom; Anne Bannock, Sheryl McCammon, Celia Duff and Sarah Flourish


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A Palette of Poetry

Andy McCready’s response to Bernadette Hall’s poem, Scraps.

Both artworks are for sale at Resene Colorshop Dunedin supporting

                                   Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)

And Donna Demente’s response to the same poem.IMG_0432




 The scrap angels were always like this,

the upper torsos of plump baby girls

with chubby elbows, their hands

curled back against their necks

like petals, the fingers curved softly.

Relaxed, they give a little questioning

frown as they look towards the camera.

They had thick fair curls, pink cheeks,

moist blue eyes, cupid mouths,

those edible angels, as sweet as scallops.

Little white barred feathers

sprouted from their roundy shoulders

like flags, like the tailfeathers

of Canada geese. We used to swap them,

we’d stick them in our scrapbooks

with flour and water paste.

We’d make moue mouths in the mirror

because we wanted to be just like them,

beautiful, smiling, obedient children of God.

Pure, and if it was at all possible, blonde.

Bernadette Hall

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A Palette of Poetry 2

IMG_0468Jonny Waters created these two fun artworks for our exhibition. His work is a response to Sylvia Plath’s poem, You’re.


Clownlike, happiest on your hands,

Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,

Gilled like a fish. A common-sense

Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.

Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,

Trawling your dark as owls do.

Mute as a turnip from the Fourth

Of July to All Fools’ Day,

O high-riser, my little loaf.


Vague as fog and looked for like mail.

Farther off than Australia.

Bent-backed Atlas, our traveled prawn.

Snug as a bud and at home

Like a sprat in a pickle jug.

A creel of eels, all ripples.

Jumpy as a Mexican bean.

Right, like a well-done sum.

A clean slate, with your own face on.


Sylvia Plath

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A Palette of Poetry 2 – our 2018 fundraiser

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Earlier in the year we provided 40 artists with a range of poems with the instruction to pick one or two poems and create an artwork, in your chosen medium, in response to your poem/s.

The result is A Palette of Poetry 2 – all artworks are for sale and are exhibited at Dunedin’s Resene Colorshop in Crawford St from October 14 – October 28, shop hours.

Allie Simpson’s response to Liz Pulford’s poem. Apologies for the reflection of the car through the window!

IMG_0418The Visit


Allie Simpsons response to Sue Wootton’s poem.

second-hand tent


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