How does David Merritt take his tea?
David Merritt and Justine Francis will be bringing their poetic and musical stylings to the Hamilton Fringe in The David Merritt Poetry Experience, 28 October, 7.30pm.
David Merritt is one of the nicest poets you’ll ever meet: he’s old and crinkled and well-worn by experience, both good and bad but how does he take his tea? We found out…among other things…
Favourite plant/veges to grow?
DM: Beans and silverbeet. Lettuce and Rosemary. Beetroot and Calendula. Cannabis
JF: Rampacanti, celery, yacon, lemon balm.
You both look to enjoy good headwear – favourite kind of hat?
DM: Woollen is the best for heat retention
If you took on Dave Dobbyn and the Finn Brothers in a fight, who do you think would win?
DM: We would
How does the relationship between poetry and music speak to you?
D: Glossolalia mostly, while asleep…
J: In quavers
Both being long-time artists and performers is the integration or interaction with technology becoming something to consider more or do you just think “fuck it” and carry on doing what you’re doing?
DM: Bit of both. At times I run from technology – at others I’m heading straight for it
JF:I’m a kappelmeister from 1732… but grungy old amplifiers make me horny. Technology tends throw out too many choices… I’m learning how to work with that- it’s challenging.
Do you have a most beloved place in Aotearoa?
DM: Yes. The south island
You’ve been invited to a (s)wanky exhibition opening in Auckland, describe your outfit…
DM: Sackcloth and ashes.
JF: Leaves and jam.
Did the addition of children to your life change the way you made art or the art you made?
DM: Yes. It gave me a pause at times and was like a big kick up the bum. Increased ability to love. Time management became more important
JF: I remember the one hour a day I had to compose while baby slept in the afternoon… got good at spewing it all out onto paper no mucking about.
Does it get easier or harder to put your artistic makings out into the public forum as you get older, or has it never been a point of anxiety?
DM: Its easier while being more nerve racking at times. Shows become more important to you and you want to do the best.
JF: Playing in public as a child was traumatic, anything since doesn’t seem so bad… performance opportunities are starting to feel more and more like something to feel very grateful for.
Both having toured with and as musicians and performers – best story from the road?
DM: The night Maree and the Atom took out all the power in the lower north island when we plugged in their amps at Ohakune.
JF: An ethanol and fanta fueled party after a Book of Martyrs gig in Dunedin where there was enough chanting and leaping to collapse the flooring…
How do you take your tea?
DM: Milk and 2 sugars…
JF: Swiftly in and out- I’m allergic to caffeine
Proudest moment (as an artist)
DM: When I realised hard work can get you places and actually have a career of your own choosing
JF: When you’ve written a bit music and get to hear it for the first time played by your musician mates.
Make sure to join literary reprobates and scholars alike, to experience these two artists live at The Meteor, Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm.