The book’s title “Sidelights” comes from an Eden Park rugby column of the same name in the Auckland Weekly News, 1938.
The poems, written between 1993 and 2013, have been widely published in journals, anthologies and newspapers such as Ron Palenski’s Touchlines: An Anthology of Rugby Poetry (NZ Sports Hall of Fame, 2013), Under Flagstaff: Dunedin Poetry (Otago University Press, 2004) and The Dominion Post.
Featuring poems about the All Blacks, Super Rugby and Mark's rugby family.
Mark Pirie is an internationally published New Zealand poet, editor, writer and publisher. In 2010, he edited the successful anthology of NZ cricket poetry A Tingling Catch (foreword by Don Neely) and currently writes its offshoot blog Tingling Catch.
Sidelights [Blues v Hurricanes, April 2013]
The Divided Country
At the Try Line [for Brian Turner]
The Waiting Game
Two Rugby Epigrams
Four Poems on my Grandfather Tom Lawn
My Great Uncle
The Wandering Bard
Five All Blacks Poems [includes Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw