Harvey Molloy



The far mountains and the far hills
before the mountains. And before the hills

the still harbour, oyster catchers, petrels,
thin-winged geese; the soft cone

of a pohutukawa covered island.

The book has flown to you
past these mountains

past Rangitoto where the blue sky
touches the blue

still sea, past the morphology
of all our forgotten words.



Harvey Molloy’s poetry has appeared in journals including Enamel, International Literary Quarterly, Landfall, NZ Listener, and Poetry New Zealand. His first book of poems, Moonshot, was published by Steele Roberts in 2008. He is the co-author of the book Asperger Syndrome, Adolescence, and Identity: Looking Beyond the Label. He is now working on his second book of poems.

Molloy writes: “The poem is part of a sequence that begins with a translation of a riddle from the Exeter Book and concludes with my son in a hotel room imitating a televangelist preacher whilst eating a croissant.”