As poet Dominic "Tourettes" Hoey tours New Zealand with his pal Skyscraper Stan, he'll be immortalising each show in a poem. Here's the first, from The Rogue Stage in Rotorua.
Crawling out the teeth of Auckland
Josh and Stan and me
coffee and novels
vegan meat pies and road kill
how do you get lost on State Highway 1?
a flash hotel drinking beers
people having high tea
pretending it doesn’t smell like the Wine Cellar toilets on a Saturday
Sold enough tickets not to lose money
though I guess money’s never lost
just finds its way into other peoples pockets
In the end the crowd’s magic
laughing at my stupid jokes
except when I make fun of Sir Richie
the room falling silent
like a tree in some deserted wood
turned into paper
with a poem
mocking our national hero
scrawled over its dead flesh
The next show on the tour is at The Common Room in Hastings on Friday. Check the tour dates here.