• 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
  • Winter Waves
    Winter Waves
    The finely crafted poems in this new collection, frequently witty and always somewhat weightier than they would first appear, have almost their own `historical presence'. Here are the towns and days and people of the poet's life gathered together from widely various times and places, in the hope of having harvested from the speeding years some little thing of lasting value.

    ISBN: 9780473457693
    Publication date: 05/11/2018
    Price: $19.95
    Author: Lambert, Leonard
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.95
  • Wish Child
    Wish Child
    At the heart of Catherine Chidgey’s extraordinary new novel is an enigmatic voice that tells the story of German families caught up in a nation’s dream. It’s 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Sieglinde lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who cuts prohibited words such as love and mercy out of books. Erich is an only child living a rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions. Drawn together as Germany’s hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Sieglinde and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives. The Wish Child is a profound meditation on the wreckage caused by a corrupt ideology, on the resilience of the human spirit, and on crimes that cannot be undone.

    ISBN: 9781776560622
    Publication date: 10/11/2016
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Chidgey, Catherine
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • Women in the Field, One and Two
    Women in the Field, One and Two
    A young British woman in post-war London is tasked with recommending acquisitions for New Zealand's National Art Gallery. When she ventures into the basement of a charismatic Russian painter three decades her senior, she discovers a solution that reconciles her idea of that far-away country and her own modernist sensiblilites. Women in the Field, One and Two explores two women's creativity and freedom against the backdrop of art history's patriarchal biases.

    ISBN: 9780473442095
    Publication date: 10/08/2018
    Price: $31.99
    Author: Sleigh, Thomasin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.99
  • Year at Hotel Gondola
    Year at Hotel Gondola
    Kat has never wanted to live a small, everyday sort of life. She's an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual fare. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet - a relationship. She has fallen in love with an Italian man and is moving to live with him in Venice where she will help him run his small guesthouse, Hotel Gondola. Kat has lined up a book deal and will write about the first year of her new adventure: the food she eats, the recipes she collects, the people she meets, the man she doesn't really know all that well but is going to make a life with...

    Still, as Kat ought to know by now, the whole point of adventures is they never go exactly the way you expect them to.

    Nicky Pellegrino writes gorgeous, gastronomic Italianate dramas rich with passion, sunshine, humanity and intrigue. She is adept at evoking an Italian feast as she is at describing the pain of hearbreak or the joy of falling in love.

    ISBN: 9781869713751
    Publication date: 27/03/2018
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Pellegrino, Nicky
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • 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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