Author(s): Peter Olds
Under the Dundas Street Bridge is a quirky look at life around Dunedin and beyond. Sometimes serious, sometimes poking the borax. It's personal too. The author takes us tripping down alleyways of his own confusion: waterbottle in backpack, notepad in hand, stalking the town like an evangelist on a mission ...and there are long-unhealed conflicts with family and faith that needs resolving.
Olds has come by his suffering honestly: a life scarred by mental breakdown, booze and drug problems ... But even honest-to-god suffering doesn't necessarily make a poet of anyone. It's having an extraordinary ear for and ability to wield alanguage, and - luckily for us - Olds has always had those ... - Hugh Roberts (NZ Listener).
Born in Christchurch (the son of a clergyman), Peter Olds was Robert Burns Fellow in 1978. In 2005 he received the Janet Frame Trust Award for poetry. The Best of Best New Zealand Poems (2011) included his 'Disjointed on Wellington Railway Station'. He lives with a transistor radio in a council flat in Maori Hill.
How to avoid depression There’s still snow on Flagstaff Saturday morning radio Two Buddhists Under the Dundas Street Bridge The wetsuit There’s something happening on Wall Street Best night D-Day in the shopping mall Sunday service The stone The naked lady Apples A kind of blue Black Prince Red Listening to Elvis In the Dragon Cafe Sunset strip Evening in the Queens Gardens on Anzac Day In a Motueka Coffee bar Prospect Park In a council flat The waxeye Butcher shop Pollution on Andy Bay Road T’ai Chi on Prestwick Street Lemon tree Like a dream My room is full of dead snakes Letters Writer’s block A plate of lamingtons How to beat anxiety The demolition of Villla 4 Under some trees Visiting Hone at Montecillo Rest Home The gap Sunday morning, Omokoroa The philosophers Pukeko Valley.