Poems in the Begonia House

This Wellington morning I will read a few poems in the Begonia House accompanied by unusual noises from the one and only Harmonic Tree. Now that sentence is itself an unusual noise, true? Just what we need in a global pandemic. Come along at 10.30am to hear and see musician Joel Vinsen playing this gorgeous crazy instrument—mysterious brain child of Andrew Lakey. I’ll join him briefly round to read four poems about 11.00am. See you there! I’m excited.

Musician Joel Vinsen playing the Harmonic Tree, a sculptural musical instrument
Musician Joel Vinsen playing the Harmonic Tree in the Begonia House in Wellington’s Botanic Gardens

Today began auspiciously with the moon playing cloud games just above the horizon. Dotting the “i” on reflection. I can even see my random collection of Japanese ema in this image, which is just as fleeting and charming as the idea of reading poems in the Begonia House to unusual noises from a Harmonic Tree.

moon in sky over city with reflection of a wall and door
Golden reflection under a cloudy morning moon

11 thoughts on “Poems in the Begonia House

  1. Oh, Rachel, I am sorry to miss this. What a treat. Go well. I’m in the city later but will miss you. Wish I’d known! Best to you. XX

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Hey Maggie I left it far too late to let anyone know, my bad. But it was a very casual thing, fun though!

  2. Jennifer Holdaway says:

    Me too. I’m sorry to have missed it. A unique performance. x

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Really out there, Jen! I’m sorry I forgot to ask anyone in time x

  3. How amazing! Do the branches move and do the flowers open out as it plays? Does it respond to your poetry?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Well, they don’t move but they can turn off and on. It’s tremendous fun.

  4. Cathy Cade says:

    Good luck with that (although by the time I read your post it will be a memory).

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      It was adorable 🙂

  5. Su Leslie says:

    I wish I’d been able to attend. Apart from anything else, Joel used to teach my son drums and I’d like to have been able to say hello and thanks.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Really? He is terrific.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        My son raged him as one of the best music tutors he’d had — and there were a few!

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