What I missed, in the fog and dust of the past few months, is a desire to publicly acknowledge a series of beautiful collaborations arising from the inclusion of my daughter's story 'This is about earthquakes' in the literature category for the annual Mix and Mash competition. I was very much moved both by the inclusion of the text by organisers Pip Adam and Fiona Rigby, and by the new works which were created as a result, inspired in part by my daughter's experience of the February earthquake in Christchurch.
Here are some of the remixed works derived from 'This is about earthquakes', with a short excerpt under each link:
Hera Bird's prose poem 'The Mountain' (from which the title of this post is, in turn, drawn):
"We want to believe that love will keep us safe. But love will not keep us safe. Love has no central nervous system. Love looks like it's wearing a white hat. The mountain is covered with love."
Megan Clayton's poem 'Untitled (This is about earthquakes)':
And Brooke Phelan's delightful illustrations:
Click through on the links above to read the new works. And you can read more entries in the literature category of Mix and Mash here.