• Theres No Place Like the Internet in Springtime
    Theres No Place Like the Internet in Springtime
    Wait, am I thinking of the Internet?
    Oh, maybe not, but what I'm thinking of
    is desperate and very, very like it.

    Layering comedy over insight over rue and pathos over comedy, mixing its flexible couplets with beautifully spiky free verse, Erik Kennedy's first collection should climb up all the right charts: his phrases can go anywhere, then come back, and he has figured out how to sound both trustworthy and nonplussed, both giddy and humble, in the same breath. Sometimes he impersonates spiny lobsters; sometimes he's a socialist chambered nautilus. Sometimes he's our best guide to the globe-trotting ridiculous. And sometimes (start with `Mailing in a Form Because There's No Online Form') he's the `un-flick-off-able', so-wrong-he's-just-right guide to the way we live now.
    -Steph Burt

    Erik Kennedy, steeped in his craft, knows his poetic ropes and that is why his book is a constant delight.
    -James Norcliffe

    ISBN: 9781776561957
    Publication date: 09/08/2018
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Kennedy, Erik
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • This is Your Real Name
    This is Your Real Name
    In lieu of flowers, bring weeds. Elizabeth Morton's poems look unflinchingly at a raw and unstable world - the crash, the aftermath, the comeback, 'the black heat at the centre of things'. The poems in Morton's second collection are charged with a visceral energy. This is poetry as incantation: an intense, larger-than-life, tactile experience. Underneath the surface of the contemporary world of Poke mon, The Cosby Show and hospital cubicles, the reader is drawn into a dreamscape of creeks and bogs, a fiery meadow and the guts of the sea. A blindman circles a Minotaur; a black horse rides through the pages. As the reader finds handholds within Morton's poems, they may trace a dislocation between the voices here and the worlds into which they're thrown - a strangely askew New Zealand, a mythological America, in liminal spaces where identity and meaning become blurred and uncertain. Jammed full of want, need, despair, love and politics, these are poems of archaeology and identity - where will we dig for our selves? By what names are we called? By whom are we known? This is darkly funny, unsettling writing that strips all the meat from the bones, 'always writing the same story

    ISBN: 9781988531922
    Publication date: 03/02/2020
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Morton, Elizabeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Thought Horses
    Thought Horses
    You think of the Brighton Rock film where Helen Mirren still manages to look like Queen Elizabeth, especially when she wears a headscarf. You think of the poem you wrote about leaving a house, and how houses we have owned will come back to us in dreams. You think about taking your computer into the next room. You think maybe you ought to try to sleep. You think you should just think about your breathing. You do this for several breaths until the thought horses ride over and look at you and you turn to them with their big protruding eyes and you forget about the movement of your breath. Thought Horses Rachel Bush's distinctive, haunting poems acknowledge the consolations and undoings of thought. In Thought Horses we encounter a speaker who as she is stepping outside, or googling an old friend, or lying awake too early is sometimes lifted up, and sometimes overtaken by thought. A beautifully wrought new collection by the author of The Hungry Woman (1997), The Unfortunate Singer (2002), and Nice Pretty Things (2011).

    ISBN: 9781776560721
    Publication date: 14/04/2016
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Bush, Rachel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Tightrope
    Tightrope
    ‘We are what we remember, the self is a trick of memory . . . history is the remembered tightrope that stretches across the abyss of all that we have forgotten’ – Maualaivao Albert Wendt

    Built around the abyss, the tightrope, and the trick that we all have to perform to walk across it, Pasifika poetry warrior Selina Tusitala Marsh brings to life in Tightrope her ongoing dialogue with memory, life and death to find out whether ‘stories’ really can ‘cure the incurable’.

    In Marsh’s poetry, sharp intelligence combines a focused warrior fierceness with perceptive humour and energy, upheld by the mana of the Pacific. She mines rich veins – the tradition and culture of her whanau and Pacific nations; the works of feminist poets and leaders; words of distinguished poets Derek Walcott and Albert Wendt – to probe the particularities of words and cultures.

    Selina Tusitala Marsh’s Tightrope takes us from the bustle of the world’s largest Polynesian city, Auckland, through Avondale and Apia, and on to London and New York on an extraordinary poetic voyage.

    ISBN: 9781869408725
    Publication date: 01/08/2017
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Marsh, Selina Tusitala
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • To the Occupant
    To the Occupant
    To the Occupant takes the everyday and transforms it into something fine and precious and enduring. With an unsparing attention, Emma Neale creates shape-shifting poems that confound prejudices and subvert expectations. Displaying verve and confidence, her poetry is filled with musicality and dynamic language, always observant to the world and its details. The striking imagery and emotional range of her work never veer into sentimentality. These poems engage with the full spectrum of human emotion and experience, the hauntings of history, the cold hand of social inequality, and the long contrail of intimate cruelties. They challenge the open and latent violence of contemporary life, from refugee crises to rape, poverty and mental illness to climate change, while revealing the extraordinary in the everyday, where a childs-eye view of the world can witness the wonder of the new or the shadow of darkness. Whimiscal typographical experiments and prose poems sit next to reimagined fables (the Big Bad Wolf repurposed as inner demon), deliciously light-handed satire, and quietly powerful insights into the contemporary political terrain. To the Occupant is an innovative and astounding collection from one of New Zealands leading writers of her generation.

    ISBN: 9781988531687
    Publication date: 01/05/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Neale, Emma
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Tomorrow's Woman
    Tomorrow's Woman
    In Tomorrow's Woman, Greta Bellamacina's bold, exploratory voice combines the vivid imagery of French surrealism and British romantic poetry with a modern, first-person examination of love, gender identity, motherhood, and social issues. Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine writes that "Bellamacina is garnering critical acclaim for her way with words and her ability to translate the classic poetic form into the contemporary creative landscape."

    ISBN: 9781524854096
    Publication date: 06/02/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Bellamacina, Greta
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Tonguit
    Tonguit
    Shortlisted for the Forward Prize's 2016 debut collection award, Harry Giles' Tonguit is a moving exploration of identity in Scots, English, and bureaucracy. Politically radical and formally inventive, Tonguit plays at the borders of nationality and sexuality with irreverent affection, questing through languages for a place to speak.



    ISBN: 9781910416051
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Giles, Harry
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Transit of Venus
    Transit of Venus
    The Transit of Venus has fascinated astronomers for centuries. In 1769 Captain James Cook sailed to the Pacific with a group of scientists to observe the Transit in Tahiti – but Cook had also received secret orders to voyage onwards in search of the fabled ‘Unknown Southern Continent’. It was on this voyage that he made landfall at Tolaga Bay, met the local Maori and initiated the first positive encounter between Europe and Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    Nearly 250 years later three German poets flew to the Pacific to join with three New Zealand poets in observing another Transit of Venus. They came together at a gathering hosted by the Tolaga Bay Uawa community that used the focus of this historically significant event to consider how science might make a difference to New Zealand’s future.

    In poems presented in both English and German, these six remarkable voices present a fresh series of encounters between Europe and New Zealand and record a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The next Transit of Venus will not be seen until 2117.

    ISBN: 9780864739797
    Publication date: 11/02/2016
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Baker, Hinemoana
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Trials of Minnie Dean a Verse Biography
    Trials of Minnie Dean a Verse Biography
    Minnie Dean: the first - and only - woman to be hanged in New Zealand. Baby farmer and child murderer, or hardworking wife and mother, supporting her family by caring for unwanted children in a society that shunned her?
    Karen Zelas explores the trials of Minnie Dean using a myriad of voices, including Dean's own, from her childhood in Scotland to the gallows in Invercargill, 1895.

    ISBN: 9780994129994
    Publication date: 01/09/2017
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Zelas, Karen
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Truth About Magic
    Truth About Magic
    From the internationally bestselling author of LOVE HER WILD and THE DARK BETWEEN STARS comes THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC, a fresh, awakened journey outwards. An adventure into the great unknown.

    It's about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It's about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels in vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in wood barns with people you love until the

    sun comes up, eating food that makes you say, 'wow,' making love on sandy beaches on the coast of Spain. It's a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth. A book that will leave you smiling, energised and booking flights to far off beaches.

    ISBN: 9781472267245
    Publication date: 10/09/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Poetry, Atticus
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $34.99
  • Twenty-six Factitions
    Twenty-six Factitions
    The poems of Erik Kennedy's "Twenty-Six Factitions" take the reader on a fact-packed journey into the particular, from Salisbury to Syria to the lonely outer reaches of the solar system. With as much humour as pathos, Kennedy draws attention to the bewildering amount of information that fills our lives-and makes our lives worth living.

    "Each of these poems," he notes, "is bound by the same constraints: it must mention a statistic or figure; it must mention a proper-noun place; and it must allude, at least obliquely, to mortality . . . If you want to, it is possible to read the whole sequence as a philippic against poetic vagueness, which no amount of earnest exactitude ever seems to make any headway against. The nonce word `factition' simultaneously evokes (I hope) fact, fiction, and factitiousness (artificiality)."

    ISBN: 9780473413521
    Publication date: 16/11/2017
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Kennedy, Erik
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Two or More Islands
    Two or More Islands
    Diana Bridges subjects are reflected through a range of cultural lenses. To engagement with Western and New Zealand literature should be added her immersion in the great Asian cultures of China and India. Her poetry is an intricate meshing of realities and possesses a remarkable depth and richness of perspective. These are poised, elegantly wrought poems, full of lively intelligence and verbal deftness. Since Baxter, most New Zealand poets have shied away from the use of myth in their poetry. In this collection, Bridge mines this vein for its deeply traditional and personal resonances. She knows, as firmly as did Jung, that myths give us pictures for our emotions. Here, the poems that openly glance off myth are brief, fresh takes that centre on the heroines of Western Classical legend. They begin in an irony that is needed to cope with the sometimes shocking stories, then range through time to alight with radical brevity on Shakespeare and English history. The book concludes with The Way a Stone Falls, 22 poems set in Southeast Asia. The sequence takes on board the Cambodian tragedy of last century by way of headless statues taking a sideswipe at French colonialism. It confronts the hardest decision in the whole Hindu tradition, that of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. This is how Bridge finds her way in the world a place of trees and people and noise and contingency with the assurance that myth tells her story as well as its own.

    ISBN: 9781988531625
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Bridge, Diana
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
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