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Piki Ake

Robert Sullivan

Pike Ake (climb) recalls Tawhaki's journey into the heavens. His blind kuia called 'Piki ake!' as he climbed the magic vine. This call is part of a karakia that gives strength and lends support at times of stress.

This book may be separated into three parts. I think of them as kete. The first kete carries the wanderings of youth. The second holds the fulfilment of reunion. The third kete opens onto the world of the Paheka, where I work.

Robert Sullivan is of Galway Irish and Ngapuji descent. His first collection, Jazz Waiata, won the 1991 PEN Award for the Best First Book of Poetry. He works as a librarian in Auckland.

Contents

1.

Maui Tosses the Hook

Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain

The Prophet Rua

Karakia

Shadow of the Land

The Business Ethic

Maori are Children of God

MANA

Wedding

Taupiri

Doing it

Space 1992

Reading

Drive

Separation

Huh

Waitomo

Freefall

The Poet Kisses ...

Outside Inside

Arch Hill

May Day

He Looks with Fondness

2. Harawene Whanau Reunion

Kaupapa of our Reunion

Sitting in front of the Karetu Marae

Te Hokinga Mai

City

Monday

Tuesday

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Friday

The Unveiling

Falling

Working Committee

Work

3. The George Grey Room

Stations of the Cross

The Private Press

Conservation

Job Description

Vacant Situation

Take Care

Other Works Consulted

The Real Thing

On Display

On the Road Again

Getting There

Sole Charge

Sir George

The Onehunga Rare Books Assistant

 


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