Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins
A new collection from this now-established poet, Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins is a poetic memoir in the light of art. It follows on from Paula Green's previous solo poetry collection, Crosswind, which included collaborations with artists. Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins was inspired by an invitation from the Auckland City Art Gallery to talk about their 2005 Frances Hodgkins exhibition. The eight opening poems focus on eight Hodgkins paintings and often use Green's characteristic list structure; the next part includes a number of autobiographical poems, lyrical and often beautiful, about the role art has played in her life. In the third section art moves into poetry, they intermingle in the works of some favourite artists and in the context of a recent illness; and, finally, a long poem 'Letter to Anne Kennedy' brings the main themes together. This is a polished collection from a fine poet. First published December 2007.
Paula Green is a poet, writer and teacher who lives on Auckland's west coast with her children and partner Michael Hight. Her most recent book of poetry is the popular collection she wrote with 50 primary school children, Flamingo Bendalingo, for which Hight did the illustrations. Her earlier books of poetry are Crosswind, Cookhouse and Chrome.