Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick | by Courtney Sina Meredith


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A debut poetry collection of Courtney Sina Meredith. Writer Robert Sullivan describes Meredith’s work in his introduction to the collection: “…she brings together an edgy singer’s strength, wry insights, sensual material, beautiful shards, blood and breath, monsoons, and glistening water.” These words resonate in so many ways – linguistic and emotional – with the raw view of living and growing up in Aotearoa in the last three decades. There will be one of these poems that will stick in your head and make you rethink what you lived.


Distant Early Warning

Every sounding night

Taniwha bereaved

romances now peninsulas

cry in the bedroom corner


Hinging island mounds

part sky part feral trust

it grew damn heads

my cotton ridden isthmus

aue his head a fish hook

and all of life catching


I am almost surrounded by water 

pushing out into bodies

wilful flesh bound seas

in my bed in the centre

of where the taniwha

in bloom in periodical shifts

as dew on settled matter

courts remorse


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