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B R I A N   P O T I K I

Born in New Zealand in 1953 into the Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe tribe, Brian lives in Rotorua. He has just completed a historical play/trilogy (A Mutiny Stripped, Boultbee, Hirokiís Song) set in the South Island and is also working on a book about the play, Maranga Mai, a seminal work of Maori theatre, 1980Ė81, which he directed, co-wrote and acted in.


tony itís me at the gate
with some mussels &
a dozen beer in a crate.
i see a te whiti miniature
on the easel,
your own body dipped in ink
from samoa.
iím with you tony!
on a cliff face at muriwai
with emily karaka in a storm
& finally
at the coffin
alan is kissing your face
(makeup running all over the place)
just as you kissed phil clairmontís eyes
back then.
another coffin,
same passion.



Last updated 04 July, 2004