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After the gold rush

this is where

the gold was got

where the road

begins to climb


among bled veins

& tailings

I seek  

residual gleam



rust eats

at the rabbit traps


rattle at my door  



© Roger Hickin 2023

Publication date: 6 November 2023

Roger Hickin


Selected Poems & Translations

ISBN: 978-0-473-69138-7

Softcover, 88 pp, 210 x 148 mm

Cold Hub Press ~ Roger Hickin

The poems of Residual Gleam speak of obsolete roosters and eccentric philosophers, of moth-eaten overcoats, of alcoholic raconteurs in long-gone public bars, of lost needles and Orkney kirkyards and out-of-tune pianos . . .

‘A wonderful mix of earthly realities, deep, starry insights, and a vision making the world anew, making the familiar unfamiliar and the incomprehensible fugitively and sometimes amusingly meaningful.’

                                                       ––John Gibb

Roger Hickin, who for much of his life has worked as a visual artist, has also written poetry since the 1960s and published translations of a number of Latin American poets. Residual Gleam includes a sampling of translations of the Nicaraguan poets Joaquín Pasos, Carlos Martínez Rivas, Ernesto Cardenal, and Blanca Castellón, along with the Chileans Juan Cameron and Sergio Badilla Castillo, and Mexican/New Zealand poet Rogelio Guedea.

A town trod by poets, a study of the presence of Ōtepoti Dunedin in poetry, with poems and photographs by Peter Olds, was published by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature in 2020. His most recent publication is a literary biography:  Roderick Finlayson: A Man from Another World.

Roger Hickin confesses to being the editor at Cold Hub Press, but says there’s no one else he’d rather be published by.