Poetry Live! Presents: Richard Taylor and DogRL

Guest Poet: Richard Taylor

‘The last word shall want a word’ (Richard Taylor).
Richard Taylor has published three books including the chap book Singing in the Slaughterhouse, and the more ‘official’ books RED, and most recently Conversation With a Stone.
Born in Auckland he worked as a labourer in factories and in many similar jobs then trained as a Lineman for the Post Office. He studied for a Cert. of Engineering in telecomms and electronics while bringing up three children in South Auckland. Around 1988 he started writing and reading again and also attended Auck. University & got a BA in English Lit and Philosophy. Around this time, starting in 1989, he read at Poetry Live and continued to. Later he was published in various poetry magazines including Poetry NZ and Brief Magazine. He was in the performance group ‘The Poetry Bratz’ (organized by Raewyn Alexander) with Renee (Naima) and Yves Harrison, Linda Earle, Olwyn Sterwart and others. He performed some works at the university drama production ‘Red Zephyr’ at the Little Maidment.
His style is difficult to pin down and those who have heard him have either been instantly sent to sleep forever: or have been hugely overwhelmed by his passionate rage and furious storms of words, all of which wildness & ‘Sturm’ may indeed ‘signify nothing’. His mind has been said to be like an Enormous Ice Cream. Others see him as crazy in a jolly way. He searches endlessly down dawnless side alleys for the perfect coffee and donut…Regardless, it has been said of Richard that he exists….For years, he tells me, he has been deeply concerned about the fate of the red wire and the blue wire, and where they went to: when I inquired why & what these were, he was at a loss…In fact, he became as enraged at these injurious questions as any Icecream, and he told me to go away. “Perspicacious” “craggy” “donut” “intaglio” “coffee” “cream” “blopp” and “fog” he tells me are among his favourite words, and he remains happy with, if stupefied, by himself….
He informs me he once wrote a poem called ‘Oxymoronologologolistical’….
He has a Blog called EYELIGHT where he is now slowly & with near infinite stupefaction & tediousness assembling his Infinite Project. Asked what & why that was he burst into an angry string of invective, then fell back and said:
“I don’t know — who am I anyway?”
It seems to me that such profoundly silly utterances are what makes Richard so fascinating in an immensely tedious but ineffable way…

Guest Muso DogRL (aka Peter Thumath)

I’ve been writing (scribbling) for a few years now. For the last 5 I’ve been a regular at Poetry Live at the Thirsty Dog, performing under the stage name of DogRL Last year I made the finals of Going West Poetry Slam. The one and only slam I’d ever been to! For years I’ve been bashing an old guitar. I’m no virtuoso but like to think I can keep some kind of rhythm. Woody Guthrie famously said “any more than three chords and you’re showing off” I thought he meant three chords in total. I realize now he may have meant per song. For me songs have always been about the lyrics as much as the music. So it was a natural progression into song writing from poetry. I mentioned to a workmate that I was going to perform on stage. He said “aren’t you supposed to get that out of your system when you’re 18?” I guess so; it’s just that I’m a late developer. So when James asked if I knew of a musician for the guest spot; naturally I said yes !

James Crompton

Rough Schedule
8pm DogRL
8.30 Break
8.40 First Open Mic (First Session)
9.10 Break
9.20 Richard Taylor
9.50 Break
10pm Open Mic (Second Session)

Thankyou for bringing koha to support our guests.
Thankyou for keeping to a 5 minute limit on Open Mic.


Poetry Live! Presents: Mental Health Awareness Week

Kate Kelly & Glevie

Tuesday 24th September @ The Thirsty Dog

Cnr K Rd and Howe St

Mental Health Awareness Week

Guest Poet: Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly likes to pretend to be a Doctor to allay the stress of worrying about the environment. Please plant a tree!

She currently works in Mental health as a Residential support worker and as Peer support. This is a challenge that she relishes.

Poetry is an outlet that she really cherishes, please bring your Mental Health poetry along, this is something to be supported and celebrated.

Guest Musos: Glevie

Glen and Yvie have always had a love affair with music. Yvie has been singing since before she could talk and Glen has been playing music for most of his life. After meeting seven years ago, they found common ground with their favourite music and have been playing together ever since.

MC: James Crompton

Rough Schedule

8pm: Glevie
8.30 Break
8.40pm Open Mic Part 1
9.10 Break
9.20 Kate Kelly
9.50 Break
10.00 Open Mic Part 2

Please bring koha to support our artists.
Open Mic is a 5 minute limit.

3rd September 2019 @ Poetry Live

Get clicking, people!

The second Heat of the Going West Poetry Slam is coming back to the Thirsty Dog Tavern on the 3rd of September at 8:00pm.

Trust me, the words are going to be so hot, the bar is stocking up on ice-packs to cool all of us down! It’s going to be positively sizzling.

Got a spoken-word poem that you’ve been meaning to get out about an ex-lover? Climate change? A string of delightful haiku? Why not put your name down and try out to get into the grand finale on the 13th of September at Hollywood Avondale?

There’ll be cash prizes for the grand winners, no doubt. A very friendly clicking audience too!

So on the 3rd of September, the night will be welcomed by a lovely Going West host who will invite those to the stage to share their wonderful spoken word poems. After the Heat winners are announced and given their golden tickets to the grand finale, the night will continue with Open Mic as usual.

The always energetic, Jamie ‘god-loves-a-trier’ Trower will be the MC.


27th August 2019 @ Poetry Live

Poetry Live! Presents David Grierson and Sindbad

Tuesday 27th August, 8pm @ The Thirsty Dog Tavern, K Rd.

Guest Poet: David Grierson

 David Grierson has found that he is quite good at inventing his life history. He writes about his life and the experiences he has in it before his future passing. He has self-published and been published in Live Lines and in Toi Ora Live Art’s therapeutic collections. Last year he destroyed 34 years of written diaries and letters and kept what he felt was the best of it. He is a Remi winner director. He has appeared in crime documentaries and rom-coms and music videos. He survived his two dear older brothers. He was raised by a couple who cared and did not agree. He was a family babysitter for sixteen years. He has been hustled by his doctors and the Church and consorts.

Guest Muso: Sindbad

Sindbad is a wayfarer of musical inclinations and adventures with an alternative view on music that voids the inclination towards money and stardom but rather embraces the idea of doing it for love it whether as a solo act, a musical contributor or song writer to various acts. The last 4 years have been an interesting set of circumstances where he has been lucky enough to be in the company of a diverse range of Musicians, DJs, dancers and actors often chiming in on guitar or vocally, playing bluesharp over DJ sets and exploring what it is to truly lose the ego amongst the volition of the jam. Karangahape road is his earth wire and inspiration. 

“I am not here for accolades but rather a conduit for music to flow and evolve. So I am not limited to merely what is my own but will work in tandem with whatever and whoever fits, that could be a busker on the street or a dancehall DJ. It’s about the music and only the music”

Stylistically Sindbad is free-form with nuances of Rock, blues, grunge, punk, classical, alternative and Latin. Completely self taught, original and largely uninfluenced by anything other than his own style and what music  happens serendipitously within the ethos of a lifestyle. 

MC: James Crompton

Please bring koha so support our guests.

Open Mic is a 5 minute limit. 

Rough Schedule:

8pm: Sindbad

8.30pm: Break

8.40pm: First Open Mic (approx 6 only)

9.10 pm Break

9.20pm David Grierson

9.50pm Break

10pm Open Mic Second Section
Poetry Live: 38 years and still strongEvery Tuesday night at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.www.poetrylive.co.nz

6 August 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd


Poetry Live introduces the amazing Saskia Lee Anderson and Madison O’Dwyer!

Come join us on the 6th of August!

On at 8:00pm, Saskia will wow us with some music! She has been singing and songwriting since she was 8 years old, but has been entertaining her family and friends since day dot. She comes from a strong theatre and music based background, and is the singer and rhythm guitarist for Auckland based band The Minnehahas.

Saskia is the Assistant Operations Manager for The Sound and Magic Music. She is also an active youth mentor for the Healing through Arts Trust, and actively contributes compositions to their performances. Saskia is additionally currently working on a podcast for the Healing through arts trust looking at methamphetamine addiction in New Zealand.

A dabble of open mic next and then Madison O’Dwyer at around 9:20!

Madison O’Dwyer is a poet and visual artist in Auckland, New Zealand. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Blackmail Press and JAAM; and two of her poems were chosen for the We, Society anthology by Printable Reality. Her first collection Baby Teeth was released in November 2017.

Madison’s poetry has been displayed as a part of the 2016 Studio One / Toi Tu Matariki Exhibition curated by Selwyn Vercoe and the 2017 Visualis Poetry Exhibition curated by Rachel Naomi during the New Zealand Poetry Conference. By day, Madison works in community-led development.

MC’d by the all-powerful Jamie ‘Can’t Stop Moving’ Trower.  

20th July 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Sam Clements
Former academic, top commerce honours scholar, public servant, musician, and in recent years a fledgling poet, Sam’s work has appeared in Landfall and Kingston Jamaica’s The Gleaner. In February he formally debuted as a poet at the Auckland Fringe Festival in the production Psychopomp, directed by multi award winning actress Willa (O’Neill) Cameron,
featuring the Vogue Italia portfolio photography of American Alana Clarke (Cleveland, Ohio), collaborating with poets Peter Le Baige, Rose Northey and Katerina Makri, NZ guitarist Nigel Gavin, and guitarist/singer/songwriter Sonia Wilson (Franco/US). He has collaborated and performed with Ben Ferdandez of the famed Ben Ferdandez Jazz Quintet, and read during a recital featuring world renowned violist Milisavljevic,  rincipal violist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is a periodic informal assistant to poet and writer Anita Arlov at Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, and becomes an MC at Poetry Live in August. He
loves many things, including cats and pilsner beer.

Tough Tiger Fist

Ben Cleland and Matt Parker are two country bumpkins from the small rural town of Waiuku trying to make it in the big city. Together, this dynamic duo are Tough Tiger Fist, New Zealand’s fourth best folk comedy music duo (that we know of). A frequent performer in the Auckland comedy scene, Tough Tiger Fist recently performed a sold out show at this year’s Auckland Fringe Festival. Known for their catchy songs, high energy performances and dark sense of humor, Tough Tiger Fist has amassed a cult following of loyal fans (who clearly have real questionable taste in music). For a performance you won’t soon forget (for better or worse) look no further than Tough Tiger Fist.

open mic 8pm. Music 9pm. Poet 9.40pm
please support Poetry Live! and our guests by giving Koha

23rd July 2019 at PoetryLive

Poetry Live Presents: 

Joshua Tepania & The Miracle Goatherders

Tuesday 23rd July at 8pm
Guest Poet: 
Joshua Tepania
I was born and raised in Auckland city. I left school and I couldn’t read so I taught myself how to read by reading comic books for three years. My two main poetic inspirations are Tupac and Bob Marley because they are both lyrical geniuses. I became a poet because some online troll accused me of plagiarism so I started to write everything in rhyme. I noticed that I had real flair for putting complicated concepts into a simplistic form so it could all be assimilated by people easier. I went down the rabbit hole of spirit, psychology, philosophy, governmental practices and I wrote poetry about all of it. I’ve given away well over 1000 poems in my time because I felt that is way my way of helping the world. This will be the very first time that I stand in front of a crowd and speak the poetry that I love to write so much.
Guest Musicians:
The Miracle Goatherders
The Miracle Goat Herders are a three piece band with 6 guitar strings,
4 bass strings, 4 drums and a cymbal all adding up to
original and unfeta’d musical stylings.
James Crompton
Classical Format:
Rough Schedule
8.00 pm: Guest Musos
8.30 pm Break
8.40 pm First Open Mic (6 only)
9.10 pm Break
9.20 pm Joshua Tepania
9.50 pm Break
10.00 pm Second Open Mic
Please remember to bring koha to support our guests
Open Mic is a 5 minute limit
Poetry Live: 38 years and still strong
Every Tuesday night at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.

25th June 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents: 

I K Paterson and John Goudge

Tuesday 25th June at 8pm 
The Thirsty Dog, (cnr Karangahape Road and Howe St)
Please note the first section of Open Mic will be at 8pm, and the second section after our guest poet about 10pm.
Guest Poet
I K Paterson
I K Paterson is originally from Dunedin, but has been a K Rd local for a decade and a half. Being someone who can’t quite focus on any one career path, she considers herself a musician, film maker, writer and poet. She’s released three albums with bands, published numerous stories, been twice short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel awards for her novellas, and is in the post production stages of her webseries ‘Immi the Vegan’. Her poetry can be found in publications such as Landfall, Takahe, JAAM and the Poetry NZ yearbook.
Guest Musician
John Goudge
John Goudge is a West Auckland musician, actor & director well-known for his dynamic performances.
John’s music is unique and engaging, & generally tells a story. At Poetry Live he’ll be featuring his ballads on acoustic guitar.
His long career making original music began with his first solo concert in 1993, & his funky rock band started appearing regularly at venues in Auckland City from 1999.
In May 2006 John re-launched the band with a sell-out concert at the Westpoint Performing Arts Centre.
Later that year the band was adjudged the “most outstanding band” at ALT TV’s Top of the Rocks competition, & in April 2008 his song Coma appear at number 1 on the Amplifier.co.nz charts.
With a concert at Titirangi Theatre, John released his acclaimed debut studio album Fool Circle in April 2010.
John also occasionally features with the Titirangi All-stars Soul Revue Band, & the world fusion dance band Ionosphere.
In Auckland he trains others to be performers at his drama school & music studio, as well as directing theatre shows & music events.
James Crompton
Open mic is a limit of 5 minutes per poet.
Please bring along koha to support our guests.
Rough Scehdule:
8.00 – Open Mic First Section
8.30 – Break
8.40 – John Goudge
9.10 – Break
9.20 – I K Paterson
9.50 – Break
10.00 – Open Mic

28th May 2019 @ Poetrylive


8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents:

EllieMatt Reece and Kate Spencer

Tuesday 23rd April at 8pm 
The Thirsty Dog, (cnr Karangahape Road and Howe St)
N.B. We have a slightly alternative format this evening due to our extra guest.
Guest Poet
I am a sailor, tinker, tailor.
I am trans, pansexual, polyamorous, kinky woman.
I am a poet on the stage and a p.o.e.t in the navy proudly serving in the navy for the last 15 years.
I have faced hate over who i am, over what i do and the person i used to be. I have never experienced poverty giving me a rose tinted childhood and a childish adulthood
I have been married and had kids (not in that order :-P), i have suffered abuse, depression and suicidal ideation.
Poetry has made more sense of my life than anything else i have tried. My psychiatrist suggested i write, i open mic and i publish (not there yet lol).
More people than i care to count insist i am a talented poet, so i think i will keep doing it if only to keep my sanity. You people make me sane… ish.
Guest Muso
Matt Reece
Matt Reece collects and plays various ethnic wind instruments from around the world. He brings a contemporary approach to ancient voices whilst still respecting the ancient origins of these unique voices.Every performance is unique as Matt lets these instruments speak through him.
Additional Special Guest 
Kate Spencer
Kate Spencer is producer and alumna of Naked Girls Reading and The Wellington Feminist Poetry Club, and co-producer of Poetry in Motion Wellington; she’s a national slam finalist, a typewriter poet for hire, a project manager and article writer; she’s a church-going, fully fledged, committed Christian; she’s a dichotomy. She has done many things with her life and will do many more.
Photo credit to Becki Moss
James Crompton
8pm Matt Reece
8.30 Break
9.00 Open Mic (first section)
9.10 Break
9.20 Ellie Poucher
9.50 Break
10.00 Kate Spencer
10.15 Open Mic (Second section)
Strictly 5 minute limit for Open mic.
Please bring koha for our guests.

21st May 2019 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Poetry Live! Presents:  Peter Bland & Permission to Speak

Poet: Peter Bland was born in Yorkshire in 1934 and emigrated to New Zealand twenty years later, for many years dividing his time between the two countries. He is now a much-loved part of the Auckland poetry scene. Peter has written plays, poems, children’s books and a memoir, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Excellence. His latest book Just Looking is a collection of Peter’s poems about paintings and the visual image, drawn together for his 85th birthday.


Musician: Permission to Speak, comprised of musicians Jono and Sam, are almost regulars now at Poetry Live, their unique blues/ rock/ contemporary folk/ alternative sound uses a healthy mix of influences to produce untamed sounds that always go down a treat.