Judith Collins has a poem for you

By Toby Manhire In Poetry, The Internaut

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Judith Collins intones. Photo Phil Walter/Getty Images

Judith Collins’ conquest of social media continues.

It seems like just yesterday that the Justice Minister joined Twitter, microblogging up a storm, and delighting just about everyone by getting caught in a Blade Runner replicant trap set by blogger Danyl Mclauchlan.

Fresh from that episode, and an accompanying Twitter “sledge-fest” – as described by her blogger-bestie Cameron Slater – Collins has embraced the medium’s finer sider, by accepting an invitation to participate in the third New Zealand Twitter Poetry Night.

She chose to read Wilfred Owen’s first world war poem Anthem for Doomed Youth (what does her addition of an indefinite article mean, cryptologists?).


Beat that, Steven Joyce.

The “difficult third poetry night” finished up a “roaring success”, according to the svengali behind the event, Wellington poet and editor Ashleigh Young. Catch up with the whole thing here.

Next time, Daniel Bedingfield – with whom Young seems, frankly, obsessed – will almost certainly take part. Given his thing for tartans, Robbie Burns would be good.

Or, even better, Ivor Cutler.

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