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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Anahera Gildea

Poroporoaki to the Lord My God : Weaving the Via Dolorosa


Ekphrasis in Response to Walk (Series C) by Colin McCahon

Poroporoaki is, as the subtitle suggests, a response to Colin McCahon’s paintings that are, in turn a response to the death of poet James K. Baxter. In this rich poem up-and-coming writer Anahera Gildea takes these threads and weaves them into a vivid Māori cultural context. The result is powerful, emotional and beautiful.

This exquisitely produced hand-bound book was first published in a limited first edition of 150 hand-numbered copies. The first edition has now sold out (though may still be available from some book shops, such as Unity Books) but a second, un-numbered edition is now available. The books are bound with hemp and flax-linen thread, and features a fly-leaf insert of hand-made harakeke (New Zealand flax) paper made by Pakohe Papers in Whanganui.