violin case

violin case
october 2021
Based on events in the life of poet, thinker & writer, Gerard de Nerval 1808 – 1855.  He was reputed to have walked his ‘pet’ lobster, Thibault, in public, maintaining it made as much sense to walk a lobster as any other beast, and that lobsters were ‘peaceful, serious creatures’.
Unexpectedly I found an article on page 6 in the January 5th, 1925 edition of the ‘Star (Christchurch), ISSUE 17428 describing in brief his life & passing

In fact it’s own master, and happiest in the deep. Acknowledgements to for use of this image.

those friends
who drank to
your mind
in its fire
the raconteur
awash in dreams
and travel,
flashing from
land to language,
were those
friends who
paid not a
penny down,
then so afeared
of charity,
the cup their
good sense
told them
must never

the wedding
you sought
was held
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such skies

such skies
march 2012, central otago

With acknowledgements to Joy Bennett, who took this photo of the sky over Alexandra, and shared on on 23 June 2017.

cloud high
worn like

river flint

on those winds
shining in
the blue

skies that
have made a
holy book
at least


like the

head of

an angel


at our


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The music accompanying the reading is taken from a performance of the piece ‘Kan Otsu’ (甲乙) composed and performed by Japanese composer and shakuhachi player Hōzan Yamamoto (山本邦山).


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