Monday, November 19, 2007

Mitchell, David

[Photograph: Dying Orpheus (1972)]

Dave Mitchell (b. 1940)


Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance (2006):

my lai / remuera / ponsonby

New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (1974):

LP 2, side 2

Penelope / Bright and Bare
My Lai / Remuera / Ponsonby

Waiata Archive (1974):

CD 2

Poem for Mary
Melba Hooks
Mad Dog Errol
Café Lebanon
The Oldest Game
White Room

CD 12

Penelope / Bright and Bare
My Lai / Remuera / Ponsonby
White Room
The Yes Sheet

Bio /Bibliography:

David Mitchell was born in Wellington in 1940. He spent the years 1960-1965 in Europe, mainly Spain and France. On his return to New Zealand he became a very active and popular reader at Poetry Readings, an era which culminated in the publication of his influential book Pipe Dreams in Ponsonby (1972). Dedicated above all to live reading, he has published little since, with the exception of a selection of more recent work in Alistair Paterson’s 15 Contemporary New Zealand Poets in 1980.

He was the Katherine Mansfield memorial fellow at Menton in 1976.

He founded Poetry Live, an (ongoing) weekly series of readings from the floor, with invited guest poets, in 1980. The Globe Tapes, a recorded anthology of work from the first five years of its existence, was released by Hard Echo Press in 1985.

Selected Bibliography

The Orange Grove: Valencia, 1962. Auckland: The Poets’ Co-operative, 1969.
Pipe Dreams in Ponsonby: Poems. Graphics by Pat Hanly. Auckland: Association of Orientally Flavoured Syndics, 1971.
Pipe Dreams in Ponsonby: Poems. 2nd ed. Dunedin: Caveman Press, 1975.

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