• 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
  • Escape Path Lighting
    Escape Path Lighting
    A drunken poet obliged to choose between Art and Love. What could possibly go wrong?

    Rock Oyster Island. It’s a slack kind of place, but that’s the way the locals like it: lifestyle farmers, pensioned-off bikers, seekers and healers, meth cooks and fishing guides. It’s only a ferry ride to the city but the modern world feels blessedly remote. Working hard is not greatly valued. Mild Pacific sunshine pours down unfailingly.

    When Arthur Bardruin, fugitive poet, washes up on Marigold Ingle’s beach, he dares to imagine he may be safe from the gaze of the Continence Police. With Marigold and her parrot, Chuck, he finds an indulgent sanctuary. But the reach of aesthetic decorum is long. A chill wind is blowing through Paradise.

    Meanwhile, at the local health farm, Juanita Díaz, Lacanian analyst, has problems with dissolute musician Frank Hortune, who has problems with his mother and a glad eye for Juanita’s lover.

    Where did Chuck learn his bad-tempered Spanish? Can Juanita keep her man on the couch? Can Bardruin keep his trousers on? Will poetry be the winner on the day?

    John Newton’s verse novel Escape Path Lighting is a throwaway epic, a romp, a curmudgeonly cri de coeur. The verse bowls along like a summer breeze. The satire leaves no target unscathed.

    John Newton is a poet and literary historian. His non-fiction titles include The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune (2009) and Hard Frost: Structures of Feeling in New Zealand Literature 1908–1945 (2017). He has published three volumes of poetry, most recently Family Songbook (2013). He is the 2020 Burns Fellow in Dunedin.

    ISBN: 9781776562336
    Publication date: 08/10/2020
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Newton, John
    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
  • How to Be Old
    How to Be Old
    Wellington writer Rachel McAlpine blogs and podcasts about living and ageing and is celebrating her 80th birthday with a book of poems. How to Be Old is an explosion of humanity on the page with some practical tips from the author and sage advice from Elsie aged five. Rachel has also written novels, songs and plays, and books about writing. Her website is writeintolife.com

    ISBN: 9781988595177
    Publication date: 09/06/2020
    Price: $25.00
    Author: McAlpine, Rachel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Lifers
    Lifers
    Get in! Hurry the fuck up! Go! Go! Go! From Sean Macgregor’s lounge occupied by stoned youths, to three bank robbers en route to the Penrose ANZ, Michael Steven’s second collection presents his clear, clean vision of ‘the lifers’ who inhabit these islands and beyond.

    A generation’s subterranean memories of post-Rogernomics New Zealand are a linking thread, in the decades straddling the millennium, while other poems echo with the ghostly voices of the dead, disappeared and forgotten.

    Steven’s writing neither patronises nor romanticises in its intricate depictions of small worlds of violence, despair, love and struggle. Always it refers back to the redemption of human connection as its magnetic pole.

    ISBN: 9781988592077
    Publication date: 02/03/2020
    Price: $27.50
    Author: Stevens, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.50
  • Mezzaluna Selected Poems
    Mezzaluna Selected Poems
    Mezzaluna gathers work from critically acclaimed poet Michele Leggott’s nine collections, from Like This? (1988) to Vanishing Points (2017).

    In complex lyrics, sampling thought and song, voice and vision, Leggott creates lush textured soundscapes. Her poetry covers a wide range of topics rich in details of her New Zealand life, full of history and family, lights and mirrors, the real and the surreal.
    Michele Leggott writes with tenderness and courage about the paradoxes of losing her sight and remaking the world in words. Mezzaluna brings together in one volume the work of this major New Zealand poet.

    ISBN: 9781869409074
    Publication date: 02/03/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Leggott, Michele
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Nouns Verbs Etc Selected Poems
    Nouns Verbs Etc Selected Poems
    One of New Zealand's most versatile writers, Fiona Farrell has published four collections of poetry over 25 years, from Cutting Out (1987) to The Broken Book (2011). Nouns, verbs, etc. collects the best work from these books, and intersperses them with other poems thus far 'uncollected'. The themes are wide ranging: political and personal, regional and global, including love and birth and death, war and emigration, history and landscape. The poems mix lyricism with the flat and plainspoken mode of Kiwi vernacular; they channel voices infrequently heard in poetry in traditional song and ballad forms. They are well crafted but unpretentious, jokey yet illuminating, self-deprecating but wise, sad and funny and deeply human.

    ISBN: 9781988592534
    Publication date: 01/11/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Farrell, Fiona
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Savage Coloniser Book
    Savage Coloniser Book
    Winner Ockham 2021 Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry

    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
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