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Tapa Notebooks



Robert Sullivan (Ngā Puhi and Kāi Tahu) taught Creative Writing at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa 2003-10 before returning to Auckland to take up a position as Head of Creative Writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology. His most recent collections are Shout Ha! to the Sky (Salt UK) and Cassino: Città Martire / City of Martyrs (Huia), both published in 2010. He also co-edited Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (Auckland UP, 2010) with Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri.

Robert’s Tapa Notebook accompanied him on a visit in 2007 to Florence, Italy, during which he also travelled to Cassino where New Zealand troops (including the 28th Maori Battalion) suffered heavy casualties in the winter and spring of 1944. He recorded five poems for nzepc’s LOVE, WAR AND LAST THINGS: A Digital Bridge for Florence (2008) and some of the recordings were digitally interpreted by Brian Flaherty to reflect their Tapa Notebook origins. The Tapa observations form the basis for many other poems in his book Cassino.

Abbey River; The bible in Maori;
So now in deference
Rawiri/David; Like
many tourists


Robert Sullivan

Last updated 20 July, 2011