NICK WILLIAMSON grew
up in Takapuna on the North Shore of Auckland. He has lived most of
his adult life in Christchurch, where he works as a probation officer.
His first book of poetry, The Whole Forest, was published by
Sudden Valley Press in 2001.
Of Broken Light
Williamson says: In the mid-90s I was drawn to write about my
childhood at Takapuna and my relationship with my father. We lived
in an old house, several stories high, that was near the cliff just
south of Takapuna Beach. The foundations needed re-blocking and as
a consequence the upper story swayed alarmingly when strong winds
blew in from the Hauraki Gulf. The house was demolished soon after
we left it in the late 60s. The poem is based on an actual incident,
when I broke a street light with a shot from a home-made catapult.
Buffalo grass is a coarse grass that grows in the north of New Zealand.