Britomart is proud to present new poetry all over the precinct to celebrate the Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki, rendered in posters by Inhouse Design. The posters are presented as text fragments, but you can read each work in full here on our website. This one is E hoa/friends by Robert Sullivan. 

E hoa/friends


How do I love you, my friends? 

let me count the mountain’s ways, 

the heightened plains that bend 

up into snowy reaches, playing 

on the mind out of sight to send 

pillars of light, clouds, rains 

on a grateful garden bed 

pulling out rocks making lakes 

with his tokotoko, with her cloaks sent 

from our māra kai into our food basket 

filled with sweetness and kōrero each 

to each—we're peaches, plums, 

strawberries and yams, we’re  

only the bumblebee’s hums   

aroha stumblefooting the air  

in this flowering season. 

Robert Sullivan (he/him/ia, Ngāpuhi and Kāi Tahu) has won many awards for his poetry, editing, and writing for children, including the 2022 Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for a distinguished contribution to New Zealand poetry. Tunui Comet (Auckland University Press, 2022) is his eighth collection of poems. His book Star Waka has been reprinted many times. Robert's an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Massey University.