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Wellington Fool

Wellington Fool is Mark Pirie's thirteenth poetry collection. Published in the ESAW mini series, Wellington Fool consists of 15 new poems and includes a photo of the author by John Girdlestone (after the John Cougar Mellencamp album photo for American Fool).

The poems, mainly situated in Wellington, comment on events social, personal and political. Highlights include a trip to Frank Sargeson's cottage on Esmonde Rd, Auckland, an elegy for Aotearoa and Maori music icon Dalvanius Prime and a poem written at Te Herenga Waka Marae, Wellington, for writer/poet Apirana Taylor. Popular music artists and groups like Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Sonic Youth, and U2 also feature in the poems.