Welcome to Rob Hack, who’s joined the exclusive list of Escalator authors! Escalator Press is publishing Rob’s first collection of poetry this year, which is an exciting new direction for us.
Rob has lived in Paekakariki since 2005 after a third attempt to live across the ditch. He has been an insurance salesman, greenkeeper, builder, personal trainer, gym owner, factory hand, gardener, shop assistant etc. and currently works as a handyman to buy second hand poetry books and petrol so he can visit his grandchildren each week. He’s performed his poems in Kapiti and Wellington for 15 years and hosts a poetry show on Paekakariki radio called ‘Not at the Table: poetry and stuff’.
“These poems are about places, people and events that mattered and still matter in my life. Initially I wanted to uncover and record my Rarotongan mother’s early life due to her increasing memory loss and later progressed into writing about the Cook Islands, our Niue Island years, my forays into Australia, poets I admire and a lot of other stuff.”