Leslie McKay's Writing

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Leslie McKay's Writing
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This collection holds poems by Christchurch writer Leslie McKay about the Canterbury earthquakes. Leslie writes, "I'm a poet, Christchurch born and bred. My work is informed by landscapes from inner city Christchurch to South Brighton where I lived before the earthquakes. The Pirate House evolved from the aftermath of the February quake when I saw my flatmates ukelele sitting beside the front door, alone and vulnerable as Pirate Girl became. The piano had long been consigned to the garage and my flatmate said the quakes would eject any boarders, hedgehogs for example, which made us laugh on those disturbing incomprehensible days. Notes From The Catastrophe is my record of places loved now lost, from the elegant houses boarded up on the corner of Madras and Chester Streets to Templar Street, off River Road in Avonside, where my grandmother lived and my father grew up. It was one of the sweetest places on earth to my brother and I. We met there to touch base at the end of last summer and as we sat on the concrete apron of the pump house a passer by told us the houses were to be demolished. Nothing is sacred in Christchurch any more, not even democracy. But we have our memories, love, creativity and integrity. Kia Kaha.