Lemons the size of melons | Santa Eulalia des Riu, Ibiza, Baleriac Islands 2011
This has been a week for citrus
zest and candles, yellow and green -
I see a courtyard there
and a lemon tree whose unbound feet
turn stones to moss, a random toss
of earth incubating delphiniums
by fellow New Zealander James Norcliffe.
You won't want to miss this one (think rhythm, music and 'qwerty') -
"at night the rats
are bigger than rats
they race back and forth
like typewriters. . . "
And speaking of typewriters, today I came across a California-based artist - Jeremy Mayer - who creates intricate, anatomically-convincing and rather spectacular sculptures out of nothing but old typewriter parts. No glue, screws, nails or any fixings whatsoever aside from those integral to the typewriters. The article I read today introduced his newest work - swallows. Eerily beautiful mechanical birds. With their sharply-determined beaks, soft typewriter key eyes and articulated wings they are imbued with an air of expectancy and inquisitiveness as if poised - and designed - for flight. You can check out his birds here and more of his work on his website.
James's poem with its cast of rats prompts me to direct you to a rat of a different calibre. An unconventional, 'dance-to-your-own-tune' breed of rat. Ratty is PR 'person', office artiste and right-hand assistant to Penelope Todd of Rosa Mira Books. He is also the thoroughly lovable and eccentric partner to exotic Argentian fairy armadillo, Lily-the-Pink and father to three endearing ratadillos. Hop over to the Rosa Mira blog to meet them and to read a fine conversation between Penelope and Australia-based New Zealander Martin Edmond whose essay Winged Sandals is due out from RMB soon.
It won't be long till Penelope posts an interview with Melissa Green in preparation for the release of Melissa's exceptionally delicate and powerful memoir, The Linen Way. Yay.
Ratty - PR for Rosa Mira Books (brought to life by writer, artist and e-publisher Penelope Todd)