Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick
|Author:||Courtney Sina Meredith|
Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick is the debut poetry collection of Courtney Sina Meredith.
It isn’t like an Island nipple nup
no breezing trees and caramel sand
no coconut truths spilling over woven fans
no plans of making love to the land.
- excerpt from ‘No Motorbikes, No Golf’
'Through her absorption of Berlin’s high and low literary culture, her roots in the Auckland Samoan diaspora, and her familiarity with world Polynesian writing, she brings together an edgy singer’s strength, wry insights, sensual material, beautiful shards, blood and breath, monsoons, and glistening water.' -- Writer Robert Sullivan describes Meredith’s work in his introduction to the collection:
Meredith is a performer, poet, musician and playwright. Her poetry in Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick explores contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique and an educated, politically aware and international voice.
'Courtney Sina Meredith’s poetry sparkles with an eloquence and creativity that is both impressive and unique.' --Natalia Fernandez, BBC Radio 4
Meredith has established a local and international reputation as a performer, poet, musician and playwright.
It's been a remarkable year for Meredith following on from her Berlin writers' residencey last spring. She toured Indonesia for the International Poetry Festival in April and in June was a delegate of the British Council in London for a series of Phakama arts initiatives that formed part of London's cultural Olympiad. Her first visual art installation Machen Saya was exhibited at the Mangere Arts Centre over winter and her award winning play Rushing dolls will be published in Urbanesia a collection of New Zealand plays from Pacific playwrights by Playmarket.
INTRODUCTION / ROBERT SULLIVAN -- Editor's notes -- Don't trust a Samoan -- No Motorbikes, No Golf -- Distant Early Warning -- 7 births, 3 deaths and 1 immigrant -- Midnight Limbs -- Space Dance -- Old Slang -- Christmas Dove -- Wakefield Street -- Back Home -- Rushing Dolls are everywhere -- My Second Mother's Fifty Summers Old -- Jam Sandwich on the Lawn -- Once -- Cause Fishing -- The up and up -- On account of friends who thieve -- Basilica -- Aitu -- Transmigration of Souls -- Later day prayer -- Brown girls in bright red lipstick -- For John and the dog gone -- Eighth star -- Civilisation fail -- White ant in a fish -- Free hand love chat -- Rushing Doll -- Over-bridge -- Karangahape -- The Contemporary -- Territory -- I walked my soul -- A good man gives his seat up on the bus -- Cloth saints -- GLOSSARY.