NOOSA - Author, kiap, anthropologist and PNG Attitude bulwark, Phil Fitzpatrick, has emerged with a wonderful proposal for Papua New Guinea’s poets to motivate them to inspiration in this, the year of the plague
“I thought I might experiment this year and collect poems that appear on PNG Attitude that appeal to me or attract positive comments from readers,” Phil writes.
“The idea would be to simply list the poems in date order together with interesting comments reproduced about them.
“If there is a fair collection by the end of the year, I'd look at publishing them as an anthology, probably as an ebook and maybe a hardcopy.
“So far I've got about half a dozen poems,” Phil noted.
Well, I happen to believe this is a splendid concept and later in 2020, when Phil reckons he’s got a collection ready to roll, I’ll send out a funding alert to readers who still have some spare cash left over after the Great Depression that will follow the Great Plague.
I’ll commit $500 to platform an appeal which will seek to ensure we can at least provide the collected poets with hard copies of the book.
And, later this year, I'll shout out for a major top-up from readers.
Phil’s working title for the collection is ‘Papua New Guinean Poetry - the Year of the Plague’.
It’s got ‘Collector’s Item’ written across it already.
Phil says he’s set aside about half a dozen poems so far.
Given that PNG is the Land of Unexpectedly Talented Bards, I expect he’ll have his home office crowded with rhymes, metres, iambics and pentameters well before year’s end.
Go to it, wordmeisters.