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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  • Mark Money 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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Best Poem of Bernadette Hall

Tomahawk Sonnets

So, I have done faithfully the last task,
digging into the sand at Anderson's Bay
where your sweetheart is buried.
And in that little beige chamber, cool,
ridged from the trowel, I have faithfully
placed the shocking weight of you, now ash,
in an elegant olive green box. Stroking down
the surface like a sheet. So sheeted, sleep,
the sea at your feet where you swam a stylish
side-stroke once while on his back he bobbled
like a seal, potato toes held high ‘n' dry
above the waterline. I have always loved
big men . Leaving the water ...

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