• & So It Is
    & So It Is
    ISBN: 9781776560592
    Title: & So It Is

    Hot on the heels of Being Here, his capacious Selected Poems which was chosen by the NZ Listener as one of the poetry highlights of 2015, comes this dazzling collection of 75 new poems.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 10 X (10 + 10) = 0 : a Ten Year, Ten Book Project 20/02/2002 - 21/02/2012
    10 X (10 + 10) = 0 : a Ten Year, Ten Book Project 20/02/2002 - 21/02/2012
    ISBN: 9780473277574
    Title: 10 X (10 + 10) = 0 : a Ten Year, Ten Book Project 20/02/2002 - 21/02/2012

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
  • 12 Huia Birds
    12 Huia Birds
    ISBN: 9780947506124
    Title: 12 Huia Birds

    12 beautiful huia birds play and sing in the forest. But is that a canoe arriving? A rat sniffling? A ship on the horizon? One by one, the huia start to disappear ¿ what will remain? A captivating and uplifting celebration of the huia by an exciting new author and illustrator team, 12 Huia Birds includes educational resources, games and an app.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • 12 Netball Poems
    12 Netball Poems
    ISBN: 9780473336677
    Title: 12 Netball Poems
    Author: PIRIE MARK

    12 Netball Poems by Mark Pirie is a collection of poems celebrating the game of netball and its players. Included is a sequence of poems ‘Five Silver Ferns Portraits’ in honour of some of New Zealand’s finest netball players (Maria Tutaia, Laura Langman, Casey Kopua, Sandra Edge and Leilani Read).

    An addenda by Napier poet, former scientist and politician Bill Sutton celebrates Irene van Dyk, a Silver Fern great.

    S A N D R A E D G E

    Sandra Edge, you stole
    my mother away
    with each neat pass
    after dinner.

    I saw her sitting in
    our kitchen watching
    fingers crossed
    as each test
    counted down…

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
  • 8 Poems 2014
    8 Poems 2014
    ISBN: 9789789789788
    Title: 8 Poems 2014

    Format: Spiral
    Price: $250.00
  • 84-484
    ISBN: 9780864735584
    Title: 84-484

    '84-484 was my grandparents' telephone number in the 1950s. Absent from my head for donkey's years, it made its return last night as I was watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW ... Yes, ""84-484"" is my title./ Lingering however/ in ghostly pastel glyphs/ is the one I almost chose:/ ""Dubious Truths"".' Geoff Cochrane's new book is a stunning new collection from one of NZ's very best poets

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 99 Ways into NZ Poetry
    99 Ways into NZ Poetry
    ISBN: 9781869791780
    Title: 99 Ways into NZ Poetry

    This book celebrates the richness and variety of New Zealand poetry by outlining many of the numerous ways to read - and write - poems. It offers 80 key poems that showcase different aspects of the genre, as well as commentary from 25 poets about what inspired them to write specific works. With insightful and wide-reaching chapters from Paula Green and Harry Ricketts on such elements as form, context, features, effects and identity, this is a lively and accessible introduction to New Zealand poetry. Packed with images of poets and poetry collections, it is an invaluable book for any lover of New Zealand writing.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Abandoned Novel
    Abandoned Novel
    ISBN: 9780864735294
    Title: Abandoned Novel
    Author: BEACH DAVID

    Combining ideas, information, and language from a broad range of sources, and transforming them into lines that are both deliberately prosaic and mysteriously musical, this collection of 60 decasyllabic sonnets are both formally rigorous and bracingly antipoetic. From the opening evocation of a high-wire act through highly ironic explorations of ideas of literary immortality, to a ceremony of ""at homeness"" in Bolton Street Cemetery, this book traces a fascinating arc while introducing a striking new voice to poetry.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Across NZ in 140 Hitches
    Across NZ in 140 Hitches
    ISBN: 9781908133298
    Title: Across NZ in 140 Hitches

    New Zealand in 140 Hitches is my diary of a trip across New Zealand I undertook in 2010. At the time, I wrote a sentence about every person who picked me up. Eight years on, I have re-visited the list by adding three line poems to each hitch. Primarily, the book celebrates the culture and landscape of New Zealand. I also explore the freedom of being young, and the way memories such as these appear after a decade of reflection.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • After
    ISBN: 9781927242094
    Title: After

    It’s all through her body, oozing into her veins, already in her bones and now seeping out into her organs. The heaviness. The weight. It presses. With a persistence she’s been fighting for a long time now. Every minute seems longer than its sixty seconds because of this pressure. By another name, this would be called grief. She knows that. Loss. Part of the ‘process’.

    After pre-supposes a time that will now always be recognised as before. It acknowledges that something significant has occurred, that this thing — whatever it was — is a pivotal point, a change of direction or understanding.

    After is a response to the time that follows loss, and the fifteen stories explore that period of change. Although Elizabeth Cunnane’s individual experience informs the work, it is also a universal story of loss and love. After walks the journey of grief, but also of creativity, hope, desire and adventure.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • After the Cyclone
    After the Cyclone
    ISBN: 9780473414177
    Title: After the Cyclone
    Author: INGRAM GAIL

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • After the Dance
    After the Dance
    ISBN: 9780864735423
    Title: After the Dance
    Author: AMAS MICHELE

    Immersed in sparkling wit, wholehearted truthfulness, and good humor, this spellbinding collection of poems explores a mother s love for her teenage daughter, the joys and complications of family life, the lives ofsuburban grandparents, andthe loving relationships between womenincluding motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship. With frankness and honesty, the poems confront both life and death, allowing a unique poetic voice to emerge."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Airports & Other Wasted Days Poems
    Airports & Other Wasted Days Poems
    ISBN: 9781877393341
    Title: Airports & Other Wasted Days Poems

    Airports and other wasted days, Kevin Ireland's follow-up collection of poems to 2003's Walking the Land, provides enthuiasts of his work with a real treat. The book contains all the usual hallmarks of his writing - relaxed without for a moment lapsing into flatness; beautifully controlled without a hint of stiffness. It exhibits all the sureness of touch and dry humour readers have come to expect over the years: the wit is sharp, but never cruel. Airports and other wasted days is yet another triumph for one of our most valued poets.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Allen Curnow: Collected Poems
    Allen Curnow: Collected Poems
    ISBN: 9781869408510
    Title: Allen Curnow: Collected Poems

    Allen Curnow (1911-2001) was at the time of his death regarded as one of the greatest of all poets writing in English. For seventy years, from Valley of Decision (1933) to The Bells of Saint Babel's (2001), Curnow's poetry was always on the move - from his early approaches to New Zealand identity and myth to later work concerned with the philosophical encounter between word and world. Curnow also played a major role in New Zealand life as editor, critic, commentator and anthologist, as well as a much-loved writer of light verse under the penname of Whim Wham. In his later years he acquired an impressive international reputation, winning the Commonwealth Prize for Poetry and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Throughout his lifetime, Allen Curnow revised, selected and collected his poetry in various ways. For the first time, this collection brings together all of the poems that Curnow collected in his lifetime grouped in their original volumes. The notes reproduce Curnow's comments on individual poems and include relevant editorial guidance. This is the definitive collection of work by New Zealand's most distinguished poet.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Aloe
    ISBN: 9781869404413
    Title: Aloe
    Author: BRIDGE DIANA

    Divided into four distinct sections, this collection of poetry draws inspiration from the natural world while dissecting the concepts of loss, hesitancy, generation, and repetition. Exploring how everything may be turned into words, this intriguing anthology also demonstrates how those words themselves may enact life. Additional voices and stories are used to convey psychological and physical sufferingutilizing the characters of the Furies, Sylvia Plath, and Medeaas well as the trauma and delight of birth and the curious reappearance of family traits. The final section is inspired by multicultural source material, combining images, stories, and ideas and grafting them onto a western sensibility. Rigorous and perceptive, this compendium features a diverse array of aesthetic touchstones such as an enduring classical poem, a superb Chinese pot, and the sublime architectural and sculptural records of India.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Alzheimer's & a Spoon
    Alzheimer's & a Spoon
    ISBN: 9780947522988
    Title: Alzheimer's & a Spoon
    Author: BRESLIN LIZ

    when life gives you spoons, demand a refund, an inquiry when life gives you spoons, scoop the innards, carve a heart when life gives you spoons, collect a set
    Alzheimer’s and a Spoon takes its readers on a tangled trip. Public stories – a conversation at the Castle of the Insane, online quizzes to determine if you’re mostly meercat or Hufflepuff. #stainlessteelkudos. Personal tales, of Liz’s babcia, a devout Catholic and a soldier in the Warsaw Uprising, who spent her last years with Alzheimer’s disease. There is much to remember that she so badly wanted to forget. What do you do when life gives you spoons?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • American Retrospective: Poems 1961-2016
    American Retrospective: Poems 1961-2016
    ISBN: 9780473422080
    Title: American Retrospective: Poems 1961-2016

    AMERICAN RETROSPECTIVE collects both published and previously unseen poems from over five decades by a writer whose work has been included in major anthologies of New Zealand poetry.

    Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Eleanor Rimoldi left the US and moved to New Zealand in 1961; her poems vividly document a life-long journey - from Cold War New York to the overgrown gardens and peeling wooden houses of Auckland, from the cultural ferment of the 1960s and 70s - through motherhood, marriage and divorce - to the quiet reflections of an older woman looking back on a life of love and loss, joy and pain.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Anatomy
    ISBN: 9780994106988
    Title: Anatomy
    Author: TROWER JAMIE

    Auckland-based poet and actor Jamie Trower suffered a traumatic brain injury from skiing head first into rocks on Mount Ruapehu. Only nine, he spent months in a coma and two years living at the Wilson Centre in Auckland. Anatomy is the story of Jamie's rehabiltation. Whatever was thrown at him he refused to be knocked back. In this raw and astonishing work, Jamie writes of his disability as a struggle, but one that has offered him his own kind of beauty.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Anchor Stone
    Anchor Stone
    ISBN: 9780473411046
    Title: Anchor Stone
    Author: BEYER TONY

    ANCHOR STONE by Tony Beyer is a collection of substantial new work by an senior and critically successful New Zealand writer. While some of the poems have had periodical publication in New Zealand and Australia, all are previously uncollected in volume form.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Are Friends Electric?
    Are Friends Electric?
    ISBN: 9781776561902
    Title: Are Friends Electric?
    Author: HEATH HELEN

    Are Friends Electric? offers a vivid and moving vision of a past, present and future mediated by technology. The first part of Helen Heath’s bold new collection is comprised largely of found poems which emerge from conversations about sex bots, people who feel an intimate love for bridges, fences and buildings, a meditation on Theo Jansen’s beautifully strange animal sculptures, and the lives of birds in cities.

    A series of speculative poems further explores questions of how we incorporate technology into our lives and bodies. In these poems on grief, Heath asks how technology can keep us close with those we have lost. How might our experiences of grieving and remembering be altered?

    ‘Helen Heath seats poems that are explicitly about science and scientists alongside poems that explore a more internal world of family, emotion and travel. In doing so she blurs boundaries and masterfully reminds us that science is not a separate and remote entity but is part of the vital continuum of life . . .’ —Judges’ comments, Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize, 2013

    Cover by Kerry Ann Lee

    Helen Heath’s first book, Graft, was published in 2012 and won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry Award in 2013. It was also the first book of fiction or poetry to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Arrow that Missed
    Arrow that Missed
    ISBN: 9780473398187
    Title: Arrow that Missed
    Author: JENNER TOM

    Ted Jenner’s creative output tends to veer in two
    directions, the one derived from his Classical
    scholarship and the other from his interest in
    dissolving the distinctions between poetry and
    prose. What is also in evidence in this collection
    is an attempt to convey the essence of a
    landscape and our place within it combined with
    a glance or two at human relationships from
    unfamiliar perspectives.
    Born and educated in Dunedin, Ted Jenner now
    lives in Auckland, having taught in the UK and
    travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle
    East. More recently he lectured in Classics at the
    University of Malawi in Africa for seven years.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Art of Excavation
    Art of Excavation
    ISBN: 9780473290047
    Title: Art of Excavation
    Author: TAMU LEILANI

    In The Art of Excavation, poet Leilani Tamu delves into the complex and multifaceted nature of the region that we know as the Pacific. In poetry that is by turns fierce and political, tender and insightful, contemplative and intimate, Leilani creates a beautiful ‘ie toga (finely woven mat) that weaves together living memory in a way that also acknowledges and places the past at the centre of the narrative.

    Leilani Tamu is a poet, social commentator, Pacific historian and former New Zealand diplomat.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Art of Walking Upright
    Art of Walking Upright
    ISBN: 9781877228209
    Title: Art of Walking Upright

    Glenn Colquhoun grew up "looking over the fence" in the cultural melting pot of South Auckland, New Zealand. After working in a variety of jobs he decided to become a doctor. During his training he took a year off and lived in Te Tii, in a remote part of the Bay of Islands.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Artifacts & Ventifacts
    Artifacts & Ventifacts
    ISBN: 9781927242919
    Title: Artifacts & Ventifacts

    Artefact (n): an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest.
    Ventifact (n): a stone shaped by the erosive action of wind-blown sand.

    Peter was an engaging, humorous storyteller, particularly of his own life and family from the 1930s onwards — material drawn on extensively by his brother Maurice in his books. This collection reflects Peter’s life and some of his interests, and follows his documentary poem sequence, Voyage Around a River : The Hokianga, published in 2014.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • As the Verb Tenses
    As the Verb Tenses
    ISBN: 9781927322253
    Title: As the Verb Tenses

    This is the work of a reflective and sensitive poetic talent: one run with gleaming wires of joy. In poems that gather together the vivid details of childhood memory, the surreal juxtapositions of life in the contemporary West, the wry observations of a temporary expatriate, the deeply lodged pain of historical and personal loss, Lynley Edmeades speaks to us in delicately spun lines that press out ironies, dissonances and profound formative experience. From playful, rhythmical poems about the art of dinner conversation, to warm glimpses of intimacy, she lays poetrys table with the knife of light satire, the bright salt of wit, the heady wine of love, the bread of knowledge. This quietly poised, confident first collection has a musical, emotional and thematic range of a substantial new talent.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Aspiring Daybook
    Aspiring Daybook
    ISBN: 9780995109230
    Title: Aspiring Daybook

    In Aspiring Daybook, poet Annabel Wilson tells of a year in the life of Elsie Winslow, who has just returned from Europe to Wanaka to take care of her terminally ill brother and finds herself thinking about love in ways she didn't expect. Like the mountains that surround her and the lake that greets her every morning with a different face, Elsie's story is a fractured, sedimentary and reflective thing, exploring the hidden darkness inside the beauty that is everywhere. Elsie's story is told in the form of a fictionalised diary packed with poems, snapshots, conversations and letters. The result is an immersive, genre-bending book that shines with a particular light only found in the deep South.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Aspiring Light: Tititea Ma
    Aspiring Light: Tititea Ma
    ISBN: 9780473314125
    Title: Aspiring Light: Tititea Ma

    Aspiring Light is an emporium of all the Robyanne Milford holds dear in her love affair with Central Otago. She sings songs to the mountains and the rivers. She opens up multiple histories. She calls on composers and artists and poets to join her in what is a very personal journey into a unique part of our country. A place of myth and mystery, where suffering has scoured many a soul, but where dreams may still come true.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • At the White Coast
    At the White Coast
    ISBN: 9781869407285
    Title: At the White Coast

    Making landfall among the inhabitants of a gritty metropolis, these poems transport the reader from the white coast of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud, to the shores of another country and another time. Set on the cusp of the 1970s and 1980s, Janet Charmans compelling poetry collection centers on the disorienting experiences of a young woman from the former British colony of New Zealand who has newly arrived in Londonsqualid flats, temp work, ancestral visits, and trips to the continent. With an eye for unsettling social cues, her outsiders vision of the city is persistently challenged by encounters with an array of its remarkable inhabitants: distant relatives, welfare clients and their social workers, and fellow travelers. In gritty lyric and biting word play, this account of the overseas experience reveals a passage hedged with earnest expectation and ripe with the black comedy of disillusion.
    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • Aue Rona
    Aue Rona
    ISBN: 9781877577857
    Title: Aue Rona

    A compelling first collection, re-imagining the Maori Rona legend.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • AUP Anthology of NZ Literature
    AUP Anthology of NZ Literature
    ISBN: 9781869405892
    Title: AUP Anthology of NZ Literature

    ‘What, after all, is the truth of a place that has only just been worked into language?’

    From Polynesian Mythology to the Yates’ Garden Guide, from Allen Curnow to Alice Tawhai, from Jessie Mackay to Alison Wong, from Julius Vogel to Albert Wendt, from the letters of Wiremu Te Rangikaheke to the notebooks of Katherine Mansfield – Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika, and Asian New Zealanders have struggled for two and a half centuries to work the English language into some sort of truth about this place. The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature brings together for the first time in one volume this country’s major writing, from the earliest records of exploration and encounter to the globalised, multicultural present.

    Editors Jane Stafford and Mark Williams range across novels and stories, poems and plays, letters and diaries, comics and songs to collect the defining stuff of our literary heritage. The contents will delight and provoke: Erewhon and The Heart of the Bush; Man Alone and ‘No Ordinary Sun’; The God Boy and Hicksville; ‘The Gumboot Song’ and The Vintner’s Luck. Through an imaginative selection and illuminating introductions, Stafford and Williams provide new paths into our writing and our country. For students and readers, at home and overseas, the Anthology of New Zealand Literature will be the indispensable introduction for years to come to what’s worth reading and why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Aup New Poets 2
    Aup New Poets 2
    ISBN: 9781869402808
    Title: Aup New Poets 2

    This is the second volume in AUPs occasional series presenting new poets to the growing poetry-reading audience. While the three poets presented in AUP New Poets 2 have distinctive voices of their own, each explores childhood memories and families past and present in ways that will strike a chord in many readers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.95
  • AUP New Poets 4
    AUP New Poets 4
    ISBN: 9781869404741
    Title: AUP New Poets 4

    The latest in the series, this fourth volume showcases poetry from three very disparate voices: Harry Jones, Erin Scudder, and Chris Tse. Harry Jones's flair for lyric is palpable in his accomplished and elegant poetry. Erin Scudder writes sophisticated, dark, and flavorful pieces that focus on the sound and shape of words. Personal and universal at the same time, her work is specific yet interested in archetypes and tropes. Chris Tse draws from his family history and Chinese heritage to produce fascinating narrative poems. Tse's great grandparents' emigration to New Zealand and his own childhood experiences became sources of inspiration for the third poet in this compilation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Autobiography of a Marguerite
    Autobiography of a Marguerite
    ISBN: 9780473284121
    Title: Autobiography of a Marguerite

    Autobiography of a Marguerite is an innovative autobiography about illness, family dysfunction, and identity, and how they can shape one another. The narrator struggles with the effects of her auto-immune illness, and struggles to separate herself from her troubled mother. The narrative that emerges from the connected prose poems is both revealing and mysterious. Fragmentation, non-linearity and the use of footnotes reflect the disruptive nature of illness and the nature of recalling memories and family patterns.

    Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications. These include Hue & Cry, Sport and Landfall, and her poems have been selected for Best New Zealand Poems in 2011 and 2012. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern letters, where was awarded the Biggs Poetry Prize for her manuscript, the first rendition of Autobiography of a Marguerite.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Axis Poems & Drawings
    Axis Poems & Drawings
    ISBN: 9781877276064
    Title: Axis Poems & Drawings

    Axis is a selection of Cilla McQueen's poems from the past twenty years, drawn from five volumes of her published work: Homing In , Anti Gravity , Wild Sweets , Benzina , and Crik'ey . The poems are interspersed with her drawings and Cilla's musical scores are also included.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Back With the Human Condition
    Back With the Human Condition
    ISBN: 9781776560844
    Title: Back With the Human Condition
    Author: ASCROFT NICK

    Love. Work. Death. Complaints.
    It’s the human condition. Whether you wrestle with it, bear it aloft, taste a little schmeck of it on your tongue or pass it along to some
    other unfortunate, you can’t hope to fathom where you came upon it or whether there’s a returns policy.
    Some say poetry is pulled unknowingly out of us, like birdsong. These people are annoying, seeing mystery for mystery’s sake.
    Criticism is pulled unknowingly out of us like birdsong. Small talk is. Sleeptalk is. The first attempt at a phone message is. Poetry
    takes graft, craft and chisel-work. Especially limericks.
    ‘From its brilliant, sorrowful subversions to its irreverent, exuberant nonsense, the voice here is gorgeously idiosyncratic. A cavorting,
    satirical imagination hits levels of comedic joy that stand out from any crowd.’ —Emma Neale
    ‘Such brio, such zip!’ —Steve Braunias

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Bad Dog Flash
    Bad Dog Flash
    ISBN: 9781492601531
    Title: Bad Dog Flash
    Author: PAUL RUTH

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Bad Things
    Bad Things
    ISBN: 9781776561612
    Title: Bad Things

    Bad Things, the new collection by Louise Wallace – poet, not celebrity housewife – is about the different ways in which we survive. Political and personal, the collection navigates celebrity encounters, women and work, the weight of expectation, and the pasts we try to escape and the people we try to hold on to. These poems are dreamlike, confronting, funny, and sometimes unashamedly weird.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Baker's Thumbprint
    Baker's Thumbprint
    ISBN: 9780473236311
    Title: Baker's Thumbprint
    Author: GREEN PAULA

    I think I have the moment in me
    that I want to last like the instant the light
    catches the hills to make them sharp.
    (from 'Sunday Afternoon')

    Philosophers, scientists and artists such as Socrates, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Einstein and Jane Austen pop in for lunch, stay for the afternoon, dance at outdoor concerts and generally inhabit the every-day in these playful and thought-provoking poems by much-admired poet Paula Green.

    The cover features a new painting by artist Michael Hight.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Barry Brickell Reader
    Barry Brickell Reader
    ISBN: 9780947493349
    Title: Barry Brickell Reader

    A Barry Brickell Reader illuminates not the pottery Barry Brickell is known for, but another facet of his genius: his ‘wrertings’. Reflecting the extrusions, bulges, crevasses and bobbles, his poetry — like his pots — can be mildly offensive, but they contain the same virtues Barry associated with rail travel: sensuality, rhythm, vibration and warmth.

    Here, Barry’s great creative output is laid out expansively, accompanied by a photoessay of Barry doing what he did best: working.

    The real me

    Why do you
    keep on
    telling me
    I’m something
    that I’m not?
    not an engineer,
    not an artist,
    Not even
    a real man —
    just a wrerter,
    a ceramiccissist,
    and an oddity —
    which is
    to the actual

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Beauties of the Octagonal Pool
    Beauties of the Octagonal Pool
    ISBN: 9781869405793
    Title: Beauties of the Octagonal Pool

    In an eight-armed embrace, BEAUTIES OF THE OCTAGONAL POOL collects poems written from and out of a variety of times, locations and experiences, from the water-frontages of Fiji, Fiordland and the Mediterranean to the built history of Moscow and Berlin. Gregory O'Brien's poems here - his first collection for seven years - have a thoughtful musicality, a shambling romance, a sense of humour, an eye on the horizon. And in the background, a soft directional chant of possibility: north, northwest, south, southeast, west, southwest, east, northeast. On Raoul Island there is a mechanical rat; in Moscow we encounter a black negligee and an ice-cream vendor; in Sault, a mayor and the Mistral; on Waiheke, the horses of memory thunder down the course; and in Doubtful Sound, the first guitar music heard in New Zealand spills over the waves. A gazing ball, an infinity pool, an endless sea, an organic compass, a contrapuntal spring, a glorious parrot, a bounded harbour - the octagonal pool might reflect where we've been to, or where we are going. This is a good place to be marooned.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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