A blog site for the anthology, A Tingling Catch: A Century of New Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009 edited by Mark Pirie; foreword by Don Neely (HeadworX Publishers, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010). The blog features reviews and commentary on the book as well as New Zealand cricket poetry, reviews of New Zealand cricket books and other related material. The book's cover is by UK cricket painter Jocelyn Galsworthy.
A Tingling Catch (HeadworX, $35) is an anthology of cricket poetry - the first such collection in New Zealand - and is edited by Mark Pirie, himself a well-known poet. Launched at the [Long Room] at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on October 31, the book includes poems by Kevin Ireland, Brian Turner (well, of course!), Harry Ricketts, James Brown, John Clarke (yes, the John Clarke), Denis Glover, Richard Langston, Elizabeth Smither and David Eggleton.
Also featured are two tanka by André Surridge, two haiku by Tony Beyer and nine haiku (in three sets of three) by Cyril Childs. Howzat!
the speeding ball
rearranges the pigeons
- Cyril Childs
grandpa's garden plot
behind the pavilion
plump and shiny
the size of cricket balls
- André Surridge
on the sight screen
the batsman appeals
- Tony Beyer
(For readers outside New Zealand, “galahs” refers to people acting the fool. A galah is a pink and grey cockatoo native to Australia, noisy and mischievous. The bird is not found in New Zealand, but the term is.)
(Also for readers outside New Zealand, poet Brian Turner is the brother of former NZ Test cricketer and former NZ Test cricket coach Glenn Turner; John Clarke aka Fred Dagg.)
(From NZ Poetry Society haiku and tanka news page)