Fraser Watene (Spider)

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  • "A Brick in the Wall." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 23 (1989): 22.
  • The speaker, a prisoner awaiting sentence, contemplates his life in prison and is fatalistic about his impending sentence and uncertain future.
  • "A Yarn from Within." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 23 (1989): 22.
  • This poem, dedicated to ‘all Māori inmates’, explores society’s misconceptions about prison life and asserts that despite all the prison privations the ‘bloodline Māori Pride’ can never be taken away.