Poem introduction

To reach Dante's earthly paradise in the Garden of Eden, you must climb the nine circles of Mount Purgatory to the top. I've imagined the tor at Torbay, North Shore City, Auckland as representing Mount Purgatory. A local Maori myth has a young woman waiting for the return of her lover as she sits on the tor watching the sea. Paua is a New Zealand shellfish with a highly iridescent shell.

Take a tour

Mark Grist's tour

Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in the lyrical nature of poetry. I find that the more I’ve taken in...

Take Mark Grist's tour >