Friday, May 27, 2011
Rain often makes me think of you Hone..
I love Hone's earthy poetry. In this clip, an older Hone is being introduced to a new CD of his poems turned into songs by some of NZ's best musos. The first sounds are of the music written for his poem Rain.
Many years ago, when I was young and naive, I taught with Hone's wife Jean. I said to her once how romantic it was to be married to a poet. She looked me in the eye, then said - it isn't all it's cracked up to be - or something to that effect - in her soft and lilting Scottish accent.
It didn't change my opinion though. Her house guests included people like James K Baxter, and once she brought to school a painting given to her as a thank you for hospitality by Ralph Hotere. It was shiny and black, heavily lacquered, with a perfect, thin red circle. I can see myself in it I said. Maybe that's what it means said Jean.
Sometime later Hone went his way. I hope Jean kept her Hotere painting. A Hotere is worth a lot of money these days.
Posted by Joan Browning