Lynn Jenner lives in Raumati on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Raumati means ‘summer’ in Maori. Lynn teaches Creative Writing. She is currently researching the relationships between critical and creative parts of a PhD in Creative Writing.
a greeting from lynn
In Aotearoa New Zealand, it is the custom to greet people by naming the mountain near your home, your river, your tribe, your father and your mother. Such a greeting tells you who is speaking. I’m a mischling, a born-here Kiwi Jew, and quite a bit Irish and Scottish into the bargain. Mischlings don’t have mountains and rivers, although someone told me the other day that you can ask a mountain to adopt you. What if it said no?
what i do now
Mostly I find books and facts in my excavations. Books are my listening and viewing devices, my undersea cables, my hearing aids, my best friends in troubled times and my weapon of choice. I am not easily cowed by their origins or their methods, even when these are august. I look them straight in the eye and take them on if I think they are wrong and I mess about with them quite a bit. . . .
(From Lost and Gone Away)
Facts make astounding patterns when placed side by side, and are, in addition, much less self-conscious than anything writers imagine. Facts reek of human purposes. . . Sometimes, rising up from a pile of facts or a book, and hovering over it, is something I think of as a moment of knowledge…