Busy Muse: Poet and critic Paula Green is the author of three books coming out over a month

Auckland poet, poetry critic, anthologist, reviewer and mentor to many, Paula Green, is launching not one but three books from 10 July to 10 August 2019, and all centred on the poetry she loves.


First off the rank is her book of children’s poems called Groovy Fish, published by Wellington’s The Cuba Press. They were written from titles children gave her through her blog NZ Poetry Box and visits she made to schools and libraries. 


Paula has published a total of fifteen books including five for children, amongst them the award-winning The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems and A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, but Groovy Fish is the first book to include her own drawings. 


A second Paula Green book to be launched, just a day after Groovy Fish, is a collection of poetry for adults called The Track, with Wellington publisher Seraph Press. The Track traces a hike the poet took on the Queen Charlotte Track when she slipped and injured herself and had to walk out for nine hours on a broken foot – a journey made more dramatic by an ongoing storm. To get through, and alleviate the pain, she composed poems in her head. The result is The Track – poems that are urgent, obsessive and compelling. 


And Paula’s third book is much bigger than the other two in size and reach. Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry is being heralded as a landmark book about the women poets of New Zealand, published by Massey University Press. Over 572 pages, Paula takes the reader through the work of 201 writers, including poetry pioneers Jessie Mackay and Eileen Duggan, contemporary debut poets like Tayi Tibble and forgotten writers like Lola Ridge. 


Paula Green says it’s definitely a big month for her. ‘I always like to be working on different writing projects – writing for children is the ultimate fun, writing my other poetry is energising, and working on a vast project such as Wild Honey involves risk, challenges and poetry pleasures, but it all comes down to a love of words in the end. I am excited to be celebrating these three new titles over one month.

Paula Green has received The Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry and was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature. 

The launches for Paula Green’s books:

Groovy Fish launches with two poetry celebrations for children at: The Children’s Bookshop Kilbirnie, 10 July, 11-12; and the Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop Auckland, 16 July, 11-12.

The Track launches at: Vic Books, Kelburn campus, 11 July, 5.30pm; and the Women's Bookshop, Auckland, 15 July, 6pm; both with readings by Paula and other poets on the theme of surprise.

Wild Honey launches at Auckland Central Library, 6 August, 6pm; and at VicBooks, Pipitea campus, 8 August, 6pm