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Alex Staines. Courtesy Twitter.

Alex Staines (born 1962) is a New Zealand performance poet.[1]


Born in Auckland, Staines was first published at the age of 5. He has been performing his poetry since 1984.

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Poetrycorp: (l to r) Paul Dagarin, Mike Eager, Alex Staines, Apirana Taylor, Andrew Kovacevich. Courtesy War on Sadness.

In 1988 he co-founded the performance group Poetrycorp (1988-1992), which toured schools and institutions, as well as taking part in several Fringe Festival seasons and university orientation tours. Poetrycorp also published a collection of verse from people in institutions, The Works, with a Youth Lottery Grant, and a small collection by members of the group itself, Poetrycorp: seven poets (1988).[1]

Staines’s poetry has appeared in JAAM and Boomer.[2]

Staines is the director of The Voice of Foxton, described as "an acid poetry postcard from small-town New Zealand", based on his poem of the same name.[2]


  • Warning: Poems (with Mike Eager). Rush Hour, 1990.
  • The Slow Road to Gore: A travelogue noir (illustrated by Aaron Frater). Wellington: Third Eye, 2003.
  • Seclusion Data. Wellington: Third Eye, 2010.

Except where noted, bibliographical data courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit

The Voice of Foxton

The Voice of Foxton


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alex Staines, War on Sadness. Blogspot, Web, Apr. 10, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jack Ross, Staines, Alex, Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive, November 12, 2007. Blogspot, Web, Apr. 10, 2014.
  3. Search results = au:Alex Staines, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 10, 2014.

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