Journal: Percutio

Cover: S. Bianciardi

An annual published in hard copy in New Zealand and France paying special attention to the creative process and issues relating to translation.


Percutio is dedicated primarily to reflections upon the creative process, particularly in relation to work that bridges cultures.

Cover: N. Bunn

Percutio may, therefore, feature poetry, essays, extracts from novels, choreography, approaches to composition and journal entries in English and the language of creation.

Cover:A. Loeffler

The deadline each year is April 10th.

Submissions are welcome.

View the pilot issue (without images) free of charge here.
View the contents lists and editorials of past issues here.

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Citation guidelines


  Sandra Bianciardi at Galerie Keller. Percutio contributor (translations and notebooks on art) exhibited in Paris in early 2014. Read a personal insight into her work here.

  Alan Brunton. Poems. BEYOND THE OHLALA MOUNTAINS, 1968-2002, will be launched by Titus Books on March 27th, 2014. The work has been edited by long-time Brunton fan Michele Leggott and his former colleague Martin Edmond. Essays about and by Brunton himself may be read here.


  Ritual Performance and the Gold Leaves.
         Ted Jenner's introduction to ancient Greek reliquary inscriptions upon gold leaf. Ted Jenner
's translations (with selected original inscriptions and an in-depth Introduction) will appear in mid-2014. This shortened introduction was published in Percutio 2009 (updated 14.07.2012). For more news about the complete edition of Gold Leaves see the Titus (NZ) site.

Indian Ocean Essays: Jacques Coulardeau
         Hub Transport in 2012. While not concerned directly with changing regional poetics, this paper on mercantile developments in the Indian Ocean area adduces the extraordinary forces operating upon the region. The effect of these upon art and culture has yet to be measured. Jacques Coulardeau. (Updated 14.07.2012).
         Sri Lanka from the Arrival of Homo Sapiens to the Indian Ocean Maritime Hub. [10.8MB pdf] Jacques Coulardeau and Ivan Eve (updated 3.11.2011). Abstract.
         A Buddhist Debate in the Sigiri Graffiti. Essay by Jacques Coulardeau.Published in Percutio 2008. (Updated 13.06.2010)

Jonathan Crayford, pianist.
         Percutio's editor questions Jonathan about his approach to improvisation. (Updated 12.07.2012).

Jack Ross
In Love with the Chinese Novel: A Voyage around the Hung Lou Meng. (Updated 14.06.2010)
         A few thoughts on sampling by Jack Ross (updated 19.8.05).

Bill Direen
        Poems on Curved Surfaces. Thoughts on Egyptian Ostraca. Published in Percutio 2009 (12.06.2010)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder) at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Bill Direen. Published in Percutio 2008 (14.06.2010)
        Innings and Outings. Touching on the erotic in New Zealand poetry. Bill Direen. First published in Planet Magazine (ed. Russell Brown), Auckland 1994. (updated 2005)

Nils Plath
Bridging, Living, Writing. Essay by German scholar Nils Plath,
translated by the author into English. Published in Percutio 2006 (updated 16.06.2010).
       UEberbruecken, Leben, Schreiben. The same essay by Nils Plath in German. First published in Percutio 2006 (updated 16.06.2010).

The Random Infinite Part One of an essay on the mathematical puzzle of the random infinite. Ongoing. By Nick Ascroft (updated 14.06.2010).

Poem as Ecosystem: Five Meandering Notes on Graham Lindsay’s The Subject. Essay by Scott Hamilton. An introduction to the poetry of Graham Lindsay (updated 24.8.05)

The Poet as Fraud: A Composite. Essay about, in the words of the author, "literary nepotism and intellectual heists", by Stephen Oliver (updated 6.8.05)

On appraisals. Brett Cross (updated 2005)