Sky Island Journal #11

Beneath the Silence of Light 

And light of the wind

A wake of water in water under shadows of fog

An innocent path along the ultimate coast

Reordering language to trace cartographies of myth

With nothing between your hair and the rainstorms of May

Between night and distant sparks of fish

With a rose in the garden and a star on the door

Singing a song of song


Catalyst 16 Wireless Compassion

When the sky is eclipsed

By powdery blues that drip and gurgle

Into immense expanses that go and go and go

On incrementally slow steps to the edge of night

Slips over its phosphorescent cloak

Heats tension slowly drips off the horizons edge

Enough to lie on the bed undressed, a viscous

Suspension of stars framed by a window grid

Sails of curtains on dreams edge

And emeralds that glow ecstatic from memories

Undergrowth marked by a path of puriri crosses

Their madrigals of black moths

Filaments that swallow evening in instants

With sweet etcetera’s of night wind

OTOLITHS Spring 2019

Antarctic Poetry Exhibition

The melting sky

Antarctic Poetry Exhibition opening Dunedin Public Library

Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launches 22 August, edited by Piet Nieuwland & Olivia Macassey, includes poetry by 55 Northland poets

Erothanatos Vol.3 Issue 3 2019

Points of No Return


The Sky Explodes

Extra Seconds of Light

At Sagaing piet nieuwland


Erothanatos Volume 3 Issue 2 2019


And yolo doves

Glissades in glissando series

     Sattva guna (mode of goodness)

    Samara (cycle of repeated birth and death)

    Raja guna (mode of passion)


At Puwera


Flash Frontier April 2019: LOVE


Nga Kupu Waikato: an anthology of Waikato poetry


This is the river



this is the river that flows through me,

khaki surges whirlpools + splash

rolling sinuous + tensile,

a taniwha breathing fogs + mist

pouring from valleys ignited by tui kotare kakariki + swan

loaded + heaving, stained into ignimbrite + clay,

the colours squeezed kokopu phosphorescent inanga

translucent trout neon arcing a flamenco haka

of petals leaves feathers wing + fin

they dive flick + twist

aerobatic sculptures + putangitangi



shedding vortices of polarity + discharge

magnetic fields that pulse + kick

electric + luminous.

The Wild Word #36 Its a kind of magic

Watching the sky speak

Open to the world

On the wing of light

About Piet Nieuwland

Poetry is not a luxury, it is a necessary part of the creativity of every day.  


Piet Nieuwland has poems and flash fiction appear in numerous print and online journals published in New Zealand, Australia, United States of America, Canada, India and Germany.


He is a performance poet, edits Fast Fibres Poetry and lives near Whangarei.


In a previous life he worked as a conservation strategist for Te Papa Atawhai in Aotearoa/New Zealand 


He welcomes email contact at