My poem "Typhoid Bone" gets released this Wednesday. This is probably one of the most important works to date I have ever done. This poem commemorates the Pasifika soldiers who fought in WWI it will be available at Auckland Museum & the process was heavy, emotional but worth it in the end. Go check it from the 11th Oct onwards. No rush, you have 10 years ✌🏽 S/O to Auckland Museum - an institution that is not afraid to let young artists through the door and work with your archives and also openly reinterpret, and activate the many narratives you house. The important cultural, social and scientific work you do into Aotearoa's cultural makeup can't be emphasised enough.
Also want to give a MASSIVE s/o & love to @grace.teuila for guiding me through the process of this poem – you are present in all my poetry milestones and I'm massively thankful you were here for this one too. To @geofflynnmisikea & @monethebraider thank you x3 to you both, my Niuean family for helping me with translations, editing and pronunciation and I hope I did your beautiful language & culture justice... especially because I was so last minute with my requests! To @kolokeza for the initial help with research and contextualising the wider happenings of O'Neil's Point Cemetery. And to my fellow poets @officialtrashqueen @sheldonrua @on3one praise the good Lord we got to work on this project together!
And lastly want to thank the soldiers who fought for an empire/world that likes to forget your valiant contributions. I hope my poem is the first of many acts of remembering & re-centring your legacy, bravery & courage in the WWI & WWII stories we tell to our rangatahi. I'll never forget all the research and rewrites that went into this & how on the day of shooting, the sun broke through the clouds in the most miraculous of ways (it was scheduled to rain). I'd like to think that was your collective ancestral strength holding us as we filmed. #AWMM #HePouKanohi