• Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems
    Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems
    Described by his friend Charles Lamb as "an archangel slightly damaged", Coleridge was deemed a towering genius by many of his contemporaries, and one who, in conversation, had no equal. Fascinated by, among other subjects, psychology, philosophy and chemistry, his mind roamed extravagantly and without restraint, leading Hazlitt to opine that "there is no subject on which he has not touched, none on which he has rested". Yet, while this literary itinerancy left some to lament his refusal to devote himself to verse, Coleridge remains one of English literature's most enduringly popular poets.

    From sonnets and ballads to elegies and intimate blank verse, this collection brings together poetry written throughout Coleridge's life, particularly his prolific early years, which saw the composition of poems such as `Christabel', `The Eolian Harp' and `Frost at Midnight'. This volume also includes `The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', one of the most popular poems ever written in the English language, and `Kubla Khan', which highlight Coleridge's gift for suffusing his strange, haunting and
    captivating verse with unsurpassed musical and rhythmic qualities.

    ISBN: 9781847497529
    Publication date: 26/07/2018
    Price: $18.99
    Author: Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.99
  • River in the Sky
    River in the Sky
    Clive James has been close to death for several years, and he has written about the experience in a series of deeply moving poems. In Sentenced to Life, he was clear-sighted as he faced the end, honest about his regrets. In Injury Time, he wrote about living well in the time remaining, focusing our attention on the joys of family and art, and celebrating the immediate beauty of the world.

    When The River in the Sky opens, we find James in ill health but high spirits. Although his body traps him at home, his mind is free to roam, and this long poem is animated by his recollection of what life was and never will be again; as it resolves into a flowing stream of vivid images, his memories are emotionally supercharged 'by the force of their own fading'. In this form, the poet can transmit the felt experience of his exceptional life to the reader.

    As ever with James, his enthusiasm is contagious; he shares his wide interests with enormous generosity, making brilliant and original connections, sparking passion in the reader so that you can explore the world's treasures yourself. Because this is not just a reminiscence, it's a wise and moving preparation for and acceptance of death. As James realizes that he is only one bright spot in a galaxy of stars, he passes the torch to the poets of the future, to his young granddaughter, and to you, his reader.

    ISBN: 9781509887231
    Publication date: 06/09/2018
    Price: $34.99
    Author: James, Clive
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $34.99
  • Roderick Finlayson Reader
    Roderick Finlayson Reader
    Roderick Finlayson (1904-1992) was one of the pioneering New Zealand writers who came to prominence in the 1930s.
    This selection of his fiction and non-fiction--some of it unpublished, much of it previously uncollected--edited with an introduction by Roger Hickin, includes stories from his four short story collections, two chapters from the novel Tidal Creek, excerpts from an unpublished novel, the 1940 essay Our Life in this Land, autobiography, memoir, articles, letters and poems.
    'If the honours and rewards now available for New Zealand writers included canonization, Roderick Finlayson would be the obvious candidate, probably the only one.' --Dennis McEldowney
    '. . . our first writer to move with any ease or authenticity among the most vital traditions this country has.' --Vincent O'Sullivan
    '. . . an artist whose commitment to the recognition and celebration of taha Maori was exemplary and prophetic.' --O. E. Middleton
    '. . . it was he who wrote of Maori and Pakeha and the importance of conserving the land, fifty years before there was a bandwagon for protesters to jump on.' --Kay Holloway
    'I cross my heart when I say there are stories of yours, there are pages, which I would rather have written than anything I have written.' --Frank Sargeson in a letter to Roderick Finlayson

    ISBN: 9780473514174
    Publication date: 21/09/2020
    Price: $42.99
    Author: Finlayson, Roderick
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.99
  • Running upon the Wires
    Running upon the Wires
    Running Upon The Wires is Kate Tempest's first book of free-standing poetry since the acclaimed Hold Your Own. In a beautifully varied series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Tempest charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship and the joy at the beginning of a new love; but also tells us what happens in between, when the heart is pulled both ways at once.

    Running Upon The Wires is, in a sense, a departure from her previous work, and unashamedly personal and intimate in its address - but will also confirm Tempest's role as one of our most important poetic truth-tellers: it will be no surprise to readers to discover that she's no less a direct and unflinching observer of matters of the heart than she is of social and political change. Running Upon The Wires is a heartbreaking, moving and joyous book about love, in its endings and in its beginnings.

    ISBN: 9781509830022
    Publication date: 06/09/2018
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Tempest, Kate
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Sailing the Forest Selected Poems
    Sailing the Forest Selected Poems
    Sailing the Forest, Robin Robertson's Selected Poems, is the definitive guide to one of the most important poetic voices to have emerged from the UK in the last twenty-five years. Robertson's lyrical, brooding, dark and often ravishingly beautiful verse has seen him win almost every major poetry award; readers on both sides of the Atlantic have delighted in his preternaturally accurate ear and eye, and his utterly distinctive way with everything from the love poem to the macabre narrative. This book is both an ideal introduction to a necessary poet, and a fine summary of the great range and depth of Robertson's work to date.

    ISBN: 9781447274049
    Publication date: 01/09/2014
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Robertson, Robin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Savage Coloniser Book
    Savage Coloniser Book
    Kneel like a prayer full of lynching This is my God-given white The voices of Tusiata Avia are infinite. She ranges from vulnerable to forbidding to celebratory with forms including pantoums, prayers and invocations. And in this electrifying new work, she gathers all the power of her voice to speak directly into histories of violence. Avia addresses James Cook in fury. She unravels the 2019 Christchurch massacre, walking us back to the beginning. She describes the contortions we make to avoid blame. And she locates the many voices that offer hope. The Savage Coloniser Book is a personal and political reckoning. As it holds history accountable, it rises in power. 'Savage is as savage does. And we're all implicated. Avia breaks the colonial lens wide open. We peer through its poetic shards and see a savage world outside, inside. With characteristic savage and stylish wit, Avia holds the word-blade to our necks and presses with a relentless grace. At the end, you'll feel your pulse anew.' Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate 'Tusiata Avia's poetry is a full-body plunge in winter seas. It's breathtaking, skin tingling and teeth rattling. I feel alive. It's as real to me as a salt-crested wave smashing me full in the face until I am nothing but that moment . . . Exhilaration, pain, vulnerability, joy, cheeky confidence and acknowledgement. But what I don't feel is lonely.' Nafanua Kersel, The Hook Cover by Pati Tyrell.

    ISBN: 9781776564095
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Avia, Tusiata
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Selected Poems
    Selected Poems
    An essential selection from the range and bulk of Robert Graves's poetry, edited by Ulster poet Michael Longley. This edition restores Graves to view as a major twentieth century poet, and demonstrates his manifold achievement as war poet, as love poet, and as - in the round - a secular visionary whose poems are 'inimitable, eccentric marvels - some of which are extraordinary, many are masterly, all are like nothing else ever written' (Randall Jarrell).

    This edition of Robert Graves's poems is scrupulously selected from across the full range of his lifetime's verse. It opens with an illuminating introduction in which Longley makes a persuasive case for the importance of this remarkable poet.

    ISBN: 9780571347681
    Publication date: 05/07/2018
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Graves, Robert
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Selected Poems
    Selected Poems
    Kathleen Jamie's Selected Poems gathers together some of the finest work by one of the foremost poets currently writing in English. Although Jamie is perhaps best known for her writing on nature, landscape, and place, Selected Poems shows the full and remarkably diverse range of her work - and why many regard her work as crucially relevant to our troubled age.

    No poet currently writing has a keener eye or ear; no poet has paid more careful attention to the other consciousnesses with whom we share the planet - and no poet has Jamie's almost miraculous ability to show us just how the world might look when the human eye ceases to gaze on it. This exceptional collection of poetry, spanning several decades, allows readers to chart the development of one of our most important contemporary talents, and serves as perfect introduction to her work.

    ISBN: 9781509882953
    Publication date: 18/10/2018
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Jamie, Kathleen
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Selected Poems
    Selected Poems
    This book is the first to represent the full extent of the work of James Brown. With personal lyrics, narrative desire, short takes, anti-poetry, stolen lines, and hill-climbing, Selected Poems is a showcase of one of New Zealand's essential poetic voices. 'James Brown is the New Zealand poet laureate of torpor, resignation and exhaustion ... with intermittent bouts of fanatical bicycle riding. The miracle is that he can make it all so interesting and darkly humorous and weirdly moving.' -Gregory O'Brien 'This is not a poetry book for the faint-hearted.' -Pania Brown (James's sister) 'The finding of poetry in unlikely places expands our concept of what poetry is - if a poem can be found in the heart of an ATM, where can it not be found' -Gabe Atkinson James Brown's poetry collections include Go Round Power Please (1995), which won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award, Lemon (1999), Favourite Monsters (2002), The Year of the Bicycle (2006), Warm Auditorium (2012), and Floods Another Chamber (2017), as well as the useful nonfiction booklet Instructions for Poetry Readings (2005). He edited The Nature of Things: Poems from the New Zealand Landscape (Craig Potton, 2005), the literary magazine Sport from 1993 to 2000, and Best New Zealand Poems 2008. James has been the recipient of several writing fellowships, including the 1994 Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary and a share of the 2000 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. In 2001 he was the Canterbury University Writer in Residence, and the Victoria University of Wellington Writer in Residence in 2004. He teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.

    ISBN: 9781776563074
    Publication date: 11/06/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Brown, James
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
  • Selected Poems - Brian Turner
    Selected Poems - Brian Turner
    This book is the first to represent the full extent of Brian Turner's achievement as a poet, from his Commonwealth Poetry Prize-winning debut, Ladders of Rain, to poems written in 2018.

    One of New Zealand's most acclaimed and widely read contemporary poets, Turner is a proud southerner, and the landscapes and skyscapes of the central South Island are amongst the strongest characteristics of his work. His themes range widely, and make striking connections - poems about fathers and sons are also poems about the duties of care we owe to the natural world; love poems open out into metaphysical inquiry; satire keeps close company with political protest. Turner's work is distinguished always by his unmistakable wit and feeling, precision and insight.


    `Beneath the wit, the no-nonsense honesty, the rigorous clarity of sense and the sinewy rhythmic energy of the poems' surfaces runs the craft of a sophisticated, confident and well-read poet.'
    -The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature


    Cover painting: Grahame Sydney, Poolburn Hill: to the Hawkduns (2018)

    ISBN: 9781776562183
    Publication date: 14/03/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Turner, Brian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
  • Selected Poems 1923-1958
    Selected Poems 1923-1958
    This selection made by E.E. Cummings himself from eleven books of poems constitutes a comprehensive introduction to his work.

    ISBN: 9780571089864
    Publication date: 08/08/1977
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Cummings, E.E.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Selected Poems of James K. Baxter
    Selected Poems of James K. Baxter
    By 1972, when James K Baxter died aged just 46, his colourful life and distinctive poetry had captured the imagination of New Zealanders as no literary figure before him. Selected Poems of James K Baxter, is a new generous and authoritative selection of Baxter's verse for general readers and students by New Zealand's leading Baxter scholar. With a range of poems from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and the Jerusalem period, full texts of major sequences 'Pig Island Letters' and the 'Jerusalem Sonnets', and key new poems directly from manuscript, Millar's selection reveals the breadth of Baxter's achievement, not merely its peaks - from the comic and bawdy to the political and devotional. Selected Poems of James K Baxter also includes an insightful introduction by Baxter expert Paul Millar and short prefaces to the four parts, plus four Baxter photos, useful notes, a glossary of Maori words and index.

    ISBN: 9781869404611
    Publication date: 01/06/2010
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Millar, Paul (Ed)
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
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