22 Aug 2016

The Kiwi poet who read for the Queen

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:34 pm on 22 August 2016

In (early) celebration of National Poetry Day on Friday 26 August, Jesse catches up with Selina Tusitala Marsh who performed a poem for the Queen this year.

Selina Tusitala Marsh

Selina Tusitala Marsh Photo: nzpoetryshelf.com

After the performance the Queen asked Selina how she had memorised her poem. “I said to her “I’m a poet, Your Majesty. It’s my job.” Then I had to the cheek to say "And call me if you want another one”.

Selina says that her conversation with Prince Phillip was the most memorable, though.

Prince Philip: "Oh, and you are...?

Selina: "I'm Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh from the University of Auckland".

Prince Philip: "And what what do you do?"

Selina: "I'm a poet."

Prince Phillip: "Yes, yes, but what do you do?"

Selina: "I teach post-colonial literature".

Philip looks at Selina, head askance. ‘Post?’

Listen to Selina's first conversation with Jesse (2 March 2016)

Read Selina's article NZ poet Selina Tusitala Marsh visits (and sasses) the Queen

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