Vale to the Great Kevin Ireland 

Haera ra to acclaimed New Zealand poet, NZSA Past-President, NZSA Past-President of Honour, long-standing NZSA member and friend to many writers. His health had been deteriorating and he was taken into hospice care on May 18th and died overnight, aged 89.


we’ll stock up books
and wine and pie
then stop the clocks
and never die
we’ll nail the windows
brick up the door
and live on a mattress
on the floor
if death still comes
we’ll strike a pose
and hold our breath
until he goes

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