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2021 Artist in Residence – Elizabeth Welsh

Poet Elizabeth Welsh explored Āwhitu Regional Park and wrote evocatively of the wetlands there.

Read one of Elizabeth's residency poems below:

sample from a wetland field diary

5am  reef herons meander in compulsive watchful arcs over mangroves, gloaming just-visible

7am  alien wind, presses, rushes move in slow-tentacular motion; i sense something’s eye near

10am   unsettled hum of spring insectivores; sun paints mud-textured pooling water without heat

1pm  restiad rushland and reedland margin fills with whisked sand, settles at silken, firm root

5pm  saline-junked water fills the main waterway back, back to out-branching fingertips, sipping

8pm  no light left; neither slow nor fast nor temperate nor forgetful nor fizzing nor tense nor tired

Elizabeth Welsh

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