Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana is a Kiwi, who has been living in Hong Kong for most of the last 13 years and recently returned to Aotearoa. He also has a home in Pampanga, Philippines. Widely published internationally across several genres, his latest collection of poems, Atonement, was published jointly in Hong Kong and Macao earlier in 2015. Rapatahana is also currently writing a series of commentary posts on New Zealand poetry, for Jacket 2.


kua mate tetahi atu he totara kei mua e kata te ra [another totara has died before the day laughs] as morning pokes its sullen fingers t h r o u g h sentinel clouds, we trace liminal the scurfy …

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must have b e e n my great grandfather [x30] taku tipuna1 Manaia – he was THE transpacific toa2 well b e f o r e any white-mariner’s hands murkied the swill. aue so faaaaaaaaaar back. he’d poleaxed that grue …

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Topside, Nauru

like one-armed drownings these marked escutcheons crash through the quaky crust, in no clear pattern some stalk others a few adrift, even more abandoned; all eyeless. doomed. there is nothing else here frigate birds stay away, and even the leaves …

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