I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, all high school classes, and graduated from the Uiversity of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few NZ high schools from 1969 till 2006. I then had some experience teaching English to adults in a Language School. I am still doing part-time teaching at Avondale College. I travelled to ... more »
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- He, Ce N'est Pas la Facon de Dire Adieu. -new-
- In The Air. -new-
- My Umbrellas. -new-
- D'abord On Prend Manhattan. -new-
- Moi, Je Suis Ton Homme. -new-
- Tout le Monde le Sait. -new-
- Danse-moi jusqu'a la Fin de l'Amour. -new-
- Dans un Gare du Metro. -new-
- L'Avenir. -new-
- la melancolie -new-
- Soeurs de la Compassion. -new-
- Suzanne. -new-
- Oiseau sur un Fil. -new-
- Democratie. -new-
michael walker Poems
I came across the sonnet at high school: the form appealed with its fourteen lines and rhyme scheme. I read Petrarch's love sonnets and they seemed to have an octave and sestet as the norm.
It was my first experience of hard labour, working in the green fields under the sun, on a long working holiday in the south.
('I am never less lonely than when I am alone.`Oscar Wilde. Yes, I have been alone most of my life,
A Glass of Water. -new-
Water was another of the four elements defined by the Greek philosophers like Aristotle. Any schoolboy now knows there are 113 elements, which I have seen on charts in science classrooms.
A Soccer Report. -new-
Hair and Image. -new-
Hairstyles are something I notice each day, having had a few hairdos in my time, from a high school crew cut to a clear part on the left, combed straight across to the right.
'School days are the best days of your life.` I have heard that said so often, but I disagree. Adult life was much more attractive for me. Memories of childhood and adolescence are happy, though.
It was a long, lively street, I rememember. The road itself was tar-sealed and cambered; alongside were rows of drooping power poles and telephone lines that sagged in the middle
(Hamlet: Give me that man/That is not passion's slave and I will wear him / in my heart's core, aye in my heart of hearts / as I do thee. `Hamlet', III,2. William Shakespeare. Anyone can write down their own list of passions and those lists are sure to vary from person to person.
Last Days in L.A.
There had been the successful album in 2009 'I Look to You', the title track quite an inspiring song with a gospel tone to go with the light bright 'Million Dollar Bill'. Then there was a world tour across continents of the past.
The Elusive Self.
I am reasonably happy with my own name, but if not, I could easily change my name by deed poll, and there are more than a few people who do this. I like elegant, but uncommon, names like Arlen Specter.
Into the City of Light.
I went on a three-week camping tour, with Con-tiki, starting from London, then around central Europe, many years ago; we were mostly New Zealanders, Australians, and Canadians, keen to see mainly France, Italy, Germany
The Actress. -new-
Jane Russell was the first actress who defined beauty for me, starring in 'The Outlaw'.
Going out dancing.
There were dancing classes at high school. They were old-time dances: waltz, maxina, quick step. They were like life's intricate moves and steps.
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I came across the sonnet at high school: the form
appealed with its fourteen lines and rhyme scheme.
I read Petrarch's love sonnets and they seemed
to have an octave and sestet as the norm.
Sir Thomas Wyatt took the Petrarchan sonnet from Italy to England.
Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, launched the English version,
which had three quatrains and a couplet like an epigram.
William Shakespeare wrote love sonnets almost on demand.
Reading alone, I wanted to be a citizen of the world like Wyatt,
an innovator like Howard, and so in love like ...