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

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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!

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Allie Simpsons response to Sue Wootton’s poem.

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National Poetry Day – August 24

Poems in the Waiting Room is thrilled to be celebrating our National Poetry Day with the support of the Southern DHB.  Patients at Dunedin, Wakari, Southland and Lakes District Hospitals will be treated to poetry, supplied by  Poems in the Waiting Room, on their lunchtime meal trays for them to enjoy.IMG_0117

The poems have been chosen to suit all tastes with adult poems on one side of the sheet and a poem for younger patients on the other side.


Sincere thanks to Liz Pulford, Andre Surridge, Karen Peterson Butterworth, Catherine Bullock and Fiona Farrell for the loan of their poems, haiku and tanka. Thanks also to the generosity of  the amazing team at Southern DHB – the artwork and printing are fabulous.

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Hello Spring, we’re 40

IMG_0021.JPGOur Spring poetry cards will be in the mail next week.

This is the 40th edition of Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)


We’ve made the font larger in this edition so our rest home residents may find it easier to read. All feedback welcome.  Our Spring poets are Kay McKenzie Cooke, Sue Wootton,  Tony Mitton, Lynley Edmeades, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Budbill, D E Green, Phil Wood, Eric Dodson, and Diana Hendry.

Happy Reading


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Look what’s around the corner

With autumn nearly over and winter fast on its tail our new winter edition will be in the post next week. It’s our annual NZ poets’ edition plus it has the winning poems from our annual competition.


Just around the corner, our winter 2018 edition

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