NEW ZEALAND MUSEUM AWARDS
Story Inc is proud to sponsor the annual New Zealand Museum Awards given out by Museums Aotearoa, the NZ Museums Association. The awards were established in 2008 and serve to publicly recognise and celebrate the achievements of museum professionals around New Zealand. Recipients of the awards are announced at the annual Museums Aotearoa Conference Awards Dinner.
Congratulations to the 2011 winners:
THE STORY INC PRIZE FOR POETRY
In 2002, Story Inc endowed a prize to be awarded each year to the best poetry folio produced in the Institute of Modern Letters poetry workshops at Victoria University. Part of the endowment for the prize comes from combining the individual royalties that would have been paid to copyright holders of the quotations used in the Wall of Words installation. They generously waived their fees in favour of a collective donation to an appropriate charity.
This winner for 2010 was Hera Bradburn
Things which can be held.
There are hands born
to shadow walls with the bright motions of birds.
There are birds born
to unpick skies with small hooked beaks.
In the cold of the kitchen, braiding wooden stems in patient wreaths.
We trim the stems diagonally, suspend life briefly.
Your breath catches on nothing, these fine folds of flesh
curl our throats with the force of what’s spoken.
There are things that can be held in this life,
and maybe you will be the one to hold them.
His cardigan is still hanging by the door where he left it
hooked like a fish. Its neck is an open mouth
You lay your face against the surface of the kitchen table
the polished grain, the dark veins of trees.
It too was once growing.
Those friends of her body, those rusting cells
that strike together like Christmas bells
are ringing themselves out.
The sky can no longer focus itself.
The curtains are as dark as the trees.
The trees are as dark as the curtains.
Her linen is frightening
tight and winding.
Cruzanne Macalister 2009