• Death of Music Journalism
    Death of Music Journalism
    Simon Sweetman – blogger, reviewer, podcaster, and author of On Song: Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics – releases his first poetry collection, The Death of Music Journalism. Simon’s been writing poems since he was first listening to bands on his Walkman, but then he started sharing them via social media and open mic nights. Word got around and he was a sleeper hit at LitCrawl’s Lit-Sync For Your Life and the 2020 Variety for Fierys.

    Marking a pivot from the razor-sharp and sometimes controversial music writing he is best known for, Simon’s collection is as wide-ranging as his career to date. He writes about late-night encounters on the phone with rock stars, hanging out as a student in Wellington flats, the simplicity of time spent with family and the unpredictable life of a freelance music reviewer, and what happens when these things occasionally intersect. A natural storyteller whose poetry is filled with characters both famous and ordinary, this eagerly awaited collection is unpredictable, anarchic, playful and surprisingly heartfelt.

    ISBN: 9781988595276
    Publication date: 09/10/2020
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Simon, Sweetman
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Down the Back of the Chair
    Down the Back of the Chair
    When Dad loses his car keys, toddler Mary suspects that they have ended up down the back of the chair so Dad begins to search. But what an odd assortments of objects are living down the back of the chair! This lively, eccentric poem is a visual explosion of fun and imagination, featuring dragons, pirates, treasure, lions, elephants and many more. But what will a troubled father win from down the back of the chair?

    ISBN: 9780711253988
    Publication date: 07/04/2020
    Edition: NE
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Mahy, Margaret
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Edgeland and Other Poems
    Edgeland and Other Poems
    The poetry in David Eggleton’s new collection possesses an intensity and driven energy, using the poet’s recognisable signature oratory voice, strong in beat and measure, rooted in rich traditions of chant, lament and ode. Mashing together the lyrical and the slangy, celebrating local vernaculars while simultaneously plugged in to a global zeitgeist of technobabble and fake news, Eggleton recycles and ‘repurposes’ high visual culture and demotic aural culture. Edgeland offers a tragicomic and surreal skewering of the cons, swindles, posturings and flaws of damaged people on the make, dislocating the reader with high speed jinks and swerves. A satirical eye interrogates ‘data’, media bilge, opinion, social change, extreme experience, and worst-case-scenario extrapolations. A menagerie of vivid characters burst off the page – including the man who mistook the moon for a candy bar, instigators, prestidigitators, procurators, promulgators, Zorro and Governor Grey – alongside a survey of 35 types of beard, an ode to ooze, metadada, Gordon Ramsay’s pan-sizzled bull’s pizzle, a Baxterian moa, and various other waka jumpers hailing from Jafaville to Jack’s Blowhole. Edgeland is a dazzling display of polychromatic virtuosity, teeming with irrepressible wordplay, startling imagery and anarchic wit, from one of New Zealand’s best-loved poets

    ISBN: 9781988531274
    Publication date: 02/07/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Eggleton, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Enduring Love  Collected Poems
    Enduring Love Collected Poems
    Robert McLean is a defiantly modernist poet who often uses traditional metres and rhyme to explore the complexities of history and selfhood. His intellectually cosmopolitan and questioning verse attempts to re-illuminate how acts of attention-by Nijinsky, Andrea del Sarto, David Esterley, Charles Fourier, John Mulgan and others-have sanctified, if only momentarily, the world with all its wrecks and wonders. Enduring Love features a generous selection of poems from his four previous collections; the sixty-two sestet tour de force 'A Graveyard by the Sea'; and more than thirty new poems, including two long sequences: 'The Passions of William Colenso' and 'A Fantasia in the Voice of D'Arcy Cresswell'.
    Robert McLean is a defiantly modernist poet who often uses traditional metres and rhyme to explore the complexities of history and selfhood. His intellectually cosmopolitan and questioning verse attempts to re-illuminate how acts of attention-by Nijinsky, Andrea del Sarto, David Esterley, Charles Fourier, John Mulgan and others-have sanctified, if only momentarily, the world with all its wrecks and wonders. Enduring Love features a generous selection of poems from his four previous collections; the sixty-two sestet tour de force 'A Graveyard by the Sea'; and more than thirty new poems, including two long sequences: 'The Passions of William Colenso' and 'A Fantasia in the Voice of D'Arcy Cresswell'.

    ISBN: 9780473514167
    Publication date: 06/04/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: McLean, Robert
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Every Now and Then I Have Another Child
    Every Now and Then I Have Another Child
    A mysterious doppelganger sister, a newborn baby, a boy in a mural, a detective, a former lover, a student stalker ... are they real or imagined? Building on Diane Brown's tradition of extended poetic narratives, Every Now and Then I Have Another Child is an inventive and heartfelt meditation on motherhood, the creative impulse and the blurred line between imagination and reality. This delightful, evocative poetic narrative wafts between the truly surreal and the 'everyday' absurd.

    ISBN: 9781988592404
    Publication date: 01/05/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Brown, Diane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Expecting Miracles
    Expecting Miracles
    Poems of love, loss, comic insight and sensory delight. At 81, Peter Bland's new work continues to dazzle and amuse. PN Review praises his 'gentle but powerful assurance' and Poetry London the 'intoxicating feeling' his poetry evokes.

    ISBN: 9781927242902
    Publication date: 11/09/2015
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Bland, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Facts
    Facts
    She is made of blood
    she raises herself up
    to be seen

    The superb second book by the author of the acclaimed 2013 collection Other Animals traces the course of a failing marriage, while illuminating the ways in which art and poetry are essential to life. Deeply felt and lyrically arresting, The Facts offers poems that move with honesty and formal intelligence through matters of creativity and love.

    ISBN: 9781776561810
    Publication date: 08/03/2018
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Lloyd, Therese
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Fale Aitu Spirit House
    Fale Aitu Spirit House
    Speaking from Samoa, Christchurch, Gaza, and New York - Avia's fearless voice combines mythic with the everyday stories, never shying away from moments of pain nor strange wonder.

    ISBN: 9781776560646
    Publication date: 12/05/2016
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Avia, Tusiata
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Family History 2017
    Family History 2017
    A family's history turns on its head when a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. Beyond the shock of discovering the disease, there are questions raised about genetics - all the more difficult when the mother's an adoptee. For Johanna Emeney, the members of her small, country family were also quickly overwhelmed by the city-based clinical world they found themselves in, and the way it depersonalised the central figure in their lives. In her second collection, Johanna brings her family history to the page - in all its uniqueness and ordinariness - and challenges the medical approach that can forget the person inside the patient.

    ISBN: 9780994137814
    Publication date: 05/05/2017
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Emeney, Johanna
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Family Instructions Upon Release
    Family Instructions Upon Release
    'I have no words.' This is so often our response to grief and loss, when dealing with it ourselves or consoling others. Elizabeth's father took his own life in 2012. Unable to find words of her own to write about what had happened, Elizabeth took them instead from the 2006 Penguin Classics edition of 'Twelve Angry Men', a play she and her father attended together when Elizabeth was a teenager, and combined these with the New Zealand Government's `Fact Sheet 4 - Suicide and Self-Harm'. Armed with this limited dictionary, she was able to write poems that are by turns mournful, angry and searching. The cumulative effect is surprising in its narrative drive and cathartic power.

    ISBN: 9781988595054
    Publication date: 01/11/2019
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Kirby-Mcleoad, E
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Fancy Dancing New and Selected Poems 2007-2020
    Fancy Dancing New and Selected Poems 2007-2020
    Hedge through the hedge and way back then pushing my way out into the Central Otago sun there was the laughing face of Jean and someone else whose name I have forgotten they played with me as if I was a doll Bernadette Hall is Otago born and bred. Following a long and much enjoyed career as a high school teacher in Dunedin and Christchurch, she has for the last eighteen years lived in a renovated bach at Amberley Beach in the Hurunui, North Canterbury, where she has built up a beautiful garden. Fancy Dancing is her eleventh collection of poetry. 'It's as close as I'll ever get to writing an autobiography,' she says, laughing. And as for the wilful sonnets that explode in the final pages of this book, she wonders where on earth they came from. 'It was such fun writing them,' she says, 'as if I'd kicked down the stable doors and taken to the hills.' In 2015 she collaborated with Robyn Webster on Matakaea, Shag Point, an art /text installation exhibited at the Ashburton Art Gallery. In the same year she was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for literary achievement in poetry. In 2017 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781776563210
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Hall, Bernadette
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Far Flung
    Far Flung
    Far-Flung traverses multiple terrains - home and upheaval, our connection to the environment and to people, our relation to the past, place and placelessness.

    From 'the Kilmog slumping seaward' to 'the bracts and the berries and the leaves' of the Mackenzie country; the moth ('courier of bloom powder'); the wind that grows like an animal and 'the great loneliness / of grass' - Gallagher is in conversation with the natural world. Her lyric poems, marked by attentiveness, have an earthy, intuitive music and a linguistic clarity.

    Gallagher moves easily from the ecological and personal concerns of contemporary life to the nineteenth-century Irish migrants and the historic legacy of the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum. The multi-voiced, dramatic sequence 'Seacliff Epistles' draws on a rich variety of poetic forms: from lyric to prose poem, parable to riddle, monologue and letter poem.

    Bill Manhire called Rhian Gallagher's poetry 'one of the quiet, astonishing secrets of New Zealand writing'. Far-Flung sees the poet's lyric exploration broaden considerably in an assured new work.

    ISBN: 9781869409111
    Publication date: 13/08/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Gallagher, Rhian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
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