26th September 2017 @ Poetrylive

8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd

Guest Poet: Mark Rafills

“…wearing three hearts on his sleeve, handling his damning like Little John’s staff, a bent bough from the strongest tree, consumed by the fire of what it means to be free…”

So goes a couple of lines from former Golden Bay poet Mark Raffills’ poem Hallelujah.

Some years ago reviewer Matt Bowler wrote of Raffills, ”The live poet is obvious; the words have both a lyrical and rhythmic quality. There is a depth to the poetry but at the same time, its heart is on its sleeve.”

“It’s what I do pretty much,” nods Raffills in agreement, “wear my heart on my sleeve, hang my poems and stories out for all to see; tell them raw, so to speak!”

The poems will be out for all to hear at Poetry Live this Tuesday 26 September as Raffills fills the guest slot at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.

A finalist in the NZ Poetry Slam 2011 and 2015, Mark Raffills has shared the stage with the likes of Hone Tu Whare, Rachel Bush, David Eggleton, He has performed at venues throughout NZ, as well as a few in Australia. either solo or with the bluegrass/folk/blues-based Dirt Floor Alliance. And he has performed a few gigs over the years with American slam champions Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind.

“The live performance gets the adrenalin going,” says Raffills. “It is one thing to get the words out of the head and heart and on to the page; it is another to convey them across the space that exists between the page and the audience.”

In his words, “matters of the heart, our place on the planet and observations of family and friends” are muse and inspiration for the words which so far have found their way into three self-published collections: ‘The Cornfield and other Poems’, ‘Grace and Favour’ and ‘Loved, Misloved and Loved Again’.

After thirty years in Nelson and Golden Bay, where he helped co-ordinate both Nelson and Golden Bay Live Poets groups, Raffills last year moved to Snells Beach north of Auckland to take up grandfather duties! 

Guest Musician: Rob Tuwhare

Rob Tuwhare is a Trustee and whanau representative for the Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust, and his late father’s literary executor. He lives in Auckland and is a carpenter.
He will be playing original music and sharing a few stories.


MC – Ken Arkind
DJ Pegleg on the magic magic music music.

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