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April 25 is ANZAC Day in New Zealand, a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives in two world wars and subsequent conflicts in which New Zealanders served and died. As a mark of respect for their sacrifice Orphaned Islands will not publish on this day.


Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.