Bernadette Hall

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Bernadette Hall (born 1945 in Alexandra, New Zealand) is a New Zealand writer and poet. She was raised in what she describes as a small-city Catholic community that was proud, theatrical and pretty much enclosed. After a career as a teacher of Latin and classical studies she started writing full time in her 40s. She has held residencies at both Canterbury University and Victoria University and is ... more »

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  • Rookie Mark Money (10/17/2013 1:49:00 PM)

    Hi, Bernadette...we don't know each other, but I wonder if you would do me a favor. Would you mind looking at some of my poems and offering some critique? I read poems like yours and like what I see, very much. But it seems that when I try to write, they just don't flow as well as yours seem to. If you have a few minutes to spare and wouldn't mind offering some hints or tips on my work, I would appreciate it.
    Thanks much,
    Mark Money

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Bad Fish

You boiled the bad fish,
sweet jesus, you boiled
the bad fish and now it stinks

all through the curtains
and I'm washing them out
hanging them beside

the kowhai with its long
sulphur tubes, the little feelers
gathered in the mouth

of each flower like sea
anemones and I see
for the first time

the whitey-green pincushion
flowers of the broadleaf
like strange seabed creatures

that twitch fluorescent,
the land and the sea
mirroring each other

so that when a squadron
of gulls drifts over the dump
it's ...

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