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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


David Howard is a New Zealand poet. His books include The Incomplete Poems (Cold Hub Press, 2011), which was 35 years in the making, and The Ones Who keep Quiet (OUP, 2017). He edited A Place To Go On From: the Collected Poems of Iain Lonie (OUP, 2015). He has held the Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University (2013), the Otago Wallace Residency (2014), a UNESCO City of Literature Residency in Prague (2016), the Ursula Bethell Residency at Canterbury University (2016), The Writers' House Residency, Pazin Croatia (2017), and in 2018 took up the Grimshaw Sargeson Residency.

David Howard

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A carpenter does not sit on his shavings

The last castrato sings Ave Maria. And there —
the girl from your childhood recast on a ship's prow,
the ship that will sail over the edge of the world.