• Waiting for Birds
    Waiting for Birds
    Waiting for Birds is a collection that traverses nearly half a century and three countries, and for poet Rob King it is one of his last chances at seeing his work in print. For the past four years Rob has been adjusting to life with Alzheimer's, with much of what he knew lost to him, including the ability to write the poetry he loves. The work old and new he's collected here allows him to find and share some of his memories again.

    With a compassionate and humorous eye, Rob takes himself and the reader from a childhood in Yorkshire- listening to the radiogram, making jam or watching a neighbour fishing for hens, throught the challenges of working with the homeless in Scotland and worm-watching with one of his sons, to the new life he found in New Zealand, observing people at Nagio train station, cycling the streets and just... waiting for birds.

    ISBN: 9780995119109
    Price: $25.00
    Author: King, Rob
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • War Poems Of Wilfred Owen
    War Poems Of Wilfred Owen
    Orpheus, the pagan saint of poets, went through hell and came back singing. In twentieth-century mythology, the singer wears a steel helmet and makes his descent "down some profound dull tunnel" in the stinking mud of the Western Front. For most readers of English poetry, the face under that helmet is that of Wilfred Owen.' Professor Jon Stallworthy, from his Introduction.When Wilfred Owen was killed in the days before the Armistice in 1918, he left behind a shattering, truthful and indelible record of a soldier's experience of the First World War. His greatest war poetry has been collected, edited and introduced here by Professor Jon Stallworthy. This special edition is published to commemorate the end of the hellish war that Owen, though the hard-won truth and terrible beauty of his poetry, has taught us never to forget.

    ISBN: 9781784874407
    Publication date: 27/09/2018
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Owen, Wilfred
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $26.00
  • Wild Dogs Under My Skirt
    Wild Dogs Under My Skirt
    Tusiata Avia's first collection of poetry Wild Dogs Under My Skirt draws on two different cultures, and charts the sometimes painful points of their intersection. These poems are both confrontational and entertaining, raw and lyrical; they occupy legend and history ( "we are direct descendants of flesh-eaters") yet break through into an urban landscape that is just as arresting and richly patterned. Avia's poetry is alive with the energy and rhythm of performance poetry and of an oral tradition, but it also stakes out a unique physical life on the page, reshaping our language and our understanding of New Zealand culture.

    ISBN: 9780864734747
    Publication date: 16/04/2004
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Avia, Tusiata
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Wild Honey Reading New Zealand Womens Poetry
    Wild Honey Reading New Zealand Womens Poetry
    Highly regarded poet and anthologist Paula Green is the author of this novel and much overdue survey of New Zealand's women poets. At 496 pages, illustrated throughout by Sarah Laing and featuring the work of 195 poets (all of whom have biographies and full bibliographies), this book is a landmark volume and an incredible achievement.
    Its timing is perfect given the current re-examination of the role of the male gatekeepers of our literature in the 1940s and 1950s, who decided that women's poetry was weak and excluded it from the volumes of poetry that were to become the canon. How things have changed - at present the most exciting poetry is coming from high-profile young women poets who almost have cult status - Hera Lindsay Bird and Tayi Tibble.
    Charmingly and unique, the book's chapters follow the structure of a house, with different poets being discussed and assessed in each of the house's rooms.
    The selection is enormously generous, the tone is at times gentle and accessible, and Green's reach is wide. She brings the pioneers of women's poetry - Jessie Mackay, Blanche Baughan and Eileen Duggan - back from the shadows and she also draws our attention to the remarkable stories of forgotten women poets such as Lola Ridge.
    The book's release in August 2019 is timed to coincide with National Poetry Day.

    ISBN: 9780995113596
    Publication date: 08/08/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Green, Paula
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Winter Eyes
    Winter Eyes
    There’ll be time, we say; there’ll be time?
    to rewrite our part in the pantomime?
    to embrace the promise of the approaching rhyme

    Poetry as comfort, poetry as confrontation. In Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts reaches into past and future, with other writers and artists – from Kipling to Dylan, Austen to Frame – in the crosscurrents. These are poems of friendship, of love’s stranglehold, of the streets and buildings where history played out. Elegiac and bittersweet, Winter Eyes is Harry Ricketts’ best yet.

    ISBN: 9781776561872
    Publication date: 10/05/2018
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Ricketts, Harry
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Withstanding
    Withstanding
    Once Helen Jacobs delighted in walking the hills, but now she can only get as far as the local shops, and the nature she loves is pressed into the tiny garden she tends. It is here that she ponders the paradox of old age - a time of terrible losses and unexpected joys, and then finds herself moving one last time to a room with a view of the hills she loves. Helen's poems reverberate with the sound of feet - walking the slopes of great hills, skipping through leaves and dancing for the love of it. True to form, she ends with one foot stepping off again into the unknown. A powerful final collection from a much-loved Canterbury poet.

    ISBN: 9780994117281
    Publication date: 16/04/2016
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Jacobs, Helen
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Wolf 2017
    Wolf 2017
    Wolf is the critter of humanity. The one who has known loneliness and love and yet is still alone. An exile. An outlaw. And the noise in Wolf's head is not somebody he recognises. In her first collection of poetry, Elizabeth Morton writes of what it is to be on humanity's outer rim, writing the noise in her head. She writes as Wolf: barking consonants, mouthing a rubbish bag, in love; and is lupine in her everyday life too, running away under the broken yolk of moon, burying bones (her own). On the rim of things Elizabeth writes with disturbing clarity of a renewed world where a matador weeps in the bullring and blackberries burst like bloodclots. These are poems that crawl into your lap and howl.

    ISBN: 9780994137821
    Publication date: 05/05/2017
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Morton, Elizabeth Homer
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Wow
    Wow
    Excuse me if I laugh. The roads are dark and large books block our path. The air we breathe is made of evening air. The world is longer than the road that brings us here. Bill Manhire's new book begins with the song of an extinct bird, the huia, and journeys on into troubling futures. These poems reach for the possibilities of lyric, even as their worlds are being threatened in a range of agitating ways. In the title poem we hear a baby say Wow to life and to the astonishing prospect of language; but almost immediately we hear the world reply: Also. Along the way there are several desperate jokes. Bill Manhire's most recent books include Some Things to Place in a Coffin (2017), Tell Me My Name (with Hannah Griffin and Norman Meehan, 2017) and The Stories of Bill Manhire (2015). He was New Zealand's inaugural poet laureate, and founded and until recently directed the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. He has edited major anthologies, including, with Marion McLeod, the now classic Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories (1984). Bill is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand

    ISBN: 9781776563173
    Publication date: 12/11/2020
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Manhire, Bill
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Wrecking Light
    Wrecking Light
    Robin Robertson's fourth collection is, if anything, an even more intense, moving, bleakly lyrical, and at times shocking book than Swithering, winner of the Forward Prize. These poems are written with the authority of classical myth, yet sound utterly contemporary: the poet's gaze - whether on the natural world or the details of his own life - is unflinching and clear, its utter seriousness leavened by a wry, dry and disarming humour. Alongside fine translations from Neruda and Montale and dynamic (and at times horrific) retellings of stories from Ovid, the poems in The Wrecking Light pitch the power and wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human. Ghosts sift through these poems - certainties become volatile, the simplest situations thicken with strangeness and threat - all of them haunted by the pressure and presence of the primitive world against our own, and the kind of dream-like intensity of description that has become Robertson's trademark. This is a book of considerable grandeur and sweep which confirms Robertson as one of the most arresting and powerful poets at work today.

    ISBN: 9780330515481
    Publication date: 05/02/2010
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Robertson, Robin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • You Fit the Description the Selected Poems of Peter Olds
    You Fit the Description the Selected Poems of Peter Olds
    From the steam of Joe Tui's long-gone Dunedin fish-and-chip shop to a young possum clinging to a plum tree, via substance-fuelled manic narrative, Zen solitude and vivid evocations of childhood, by turns playful, anxious and outrageous, Peter Olds keeps watch with an always compassionate eye and with not too much thought about literature gets it all down with unpretentious drop-dead authenticity. This new selection of poems by Peter Olds gathers a more generous sampling than his 1972-2001 selected poems (It Was a Tuesday Morning, Hazard Press, 2004) as well as work from collections published since then, and twenty-four previously uncollected poems. But perhaps most importantly it includes a number of the celebrated longer poems of the 1970s and 1980s which were left out of the Hazard selection.
    In print again at last here are Freeway ("will be seen to be a work which is central to the development of a genuinely New Zealand literature" --Bill Dean, Critic); Lady Lust revisiting the Great Psychiatric Rock & Roll Nostalgia Story; Beethoven's guitar ("an immensely vital poem about life in a psychiatric hospital" --Peter Simpson, The Press); Notes on State Highway Number One ("something of the devil-may-care exhilaration of Goodbye Pork Pie" --Frank McKay, The Listener); along with After the music and After looking for Broadway. In an extensive introduction Ian Wedde fits Olds into a national and international context, then focuses on the "mindfulness" of the poet's vision, from his early immersion in the conditions of addiction and mental illness, to his humorous, compassionate and expanding sense of relationship, and his awareness "not just of the present moment but of the consciousness that focuses the poet's attention".

    ISBN: 9780473298036
    Publication date: 20/10/2014
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Olds, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
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