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"Keel" was created for the "Korero",  An exhibition by invitation at the Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland. A Fusion of Poetry and Art Exhibition. "Keel" was created in response to Siobhan Harey's beautiful poem "Tooth". 

"Keel" is comprised of 108 tiny white origami boats tipped on their sides to represent both the teeth and the boats in the poem, mounted onto recycled Matai flooring. 

Each boat is hand folded, on a pearly white paper, with one red to emphasise the tragic moment in the story.


Today, you’re twelve teeth old,
and we fossick for shells,
star-fish, pipi and paua

until the tide goes out
when we wave goodbye
to yachts moored in the marina.

At home, you float
across polished floors
until you keel over.

Your jaw leaves an alveolus
in the matai deep enough
for a tear-drop’s caress.

As I stroke you,
your eyes collect water;
your gums are an ocean of blood.

But only when you’re sleeping,
do I discover a tooth
anchored to blue woollen blanket.

Suddenly, you’re eleven teeth old
and have grown, like Lazarus,
younger beneath moonlight.

White and hull-shaped,
the tooth’s a boat,
isolated by low tide.

In the morning,
I’ll show you how it can rest
safely upon its starboard.  

© Siobhan Harvey


See this artwork and more at the group exhibition.

Korero Exhibition - Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick. 12 July to August 2nd 2012

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