• Lay Studies
    Lay Studies
    In Lay Studies, Steven Toussaint conducts an impressive range of lyric inventions, pitching his poems to that precarious interval between love and rage. Beneath their formal dexterity and variety, these etudes sustain a continuous meditation on the concords and dissonances of worshipful life in an age dominated by spectacle, violence, and environmental devastation. With great skill and compassion, he depicts scenes of domestic life in his adopted home of New Zealand, a transient year of religious and artistic soul-searching in the United Kingdom, and a growing sense of dislocation from his native United States in the Trump era. These are poems of profound contemplative inwardness, conjuring and conversing with a vast tradition of literature, scholarship, and art. Lay Studies is a powerful collection and a welcome music.

    ISBN: 9781776562404
    Publication date: 11/07/2019
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Toussaint, Steven
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Listening In
    Listening In
    In this original second collection, Lynley Edmeades turns her attention to ideas of sound, listening and speech. Listening In is full of the verbal play and linguistic experimentation
    that characterised her first collection, but it also shows the poet pushing the form into new territories. Her poems show, often sardonically, how language can be undermined: linguistic registers are rife with uncertainties, ambiguities and accidental comedy. She shuffles and reshuffles statements and texts, and assumes multiple perspectives with the skill of a ventriloquist. These poems probe political rhetoric and linguistic slippages with a sceptical eye, and highlight the role of listening - or the errors of listening - in everyday communication.

    ISBN: 9781988531786
    Publication date: 01/09/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Edmeades, Lynley
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Lost and Somewhere Else
    Lost and Somewhere Else
    In Lost and Somewhere Else, Jenny Bornholdt finds many places to stand: at home, in memories of places and people, and in the Ernst Plischke-designed Henderson House in Alexandra, Central Otago, in which she lived while writing these poems. This graceful, witty and unsettling book is Bornholdt at her very best: her language at once bold and subtle, and even her smallest insights profound.

    ISBN: 9781776562862
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Bornholdt, Jenny
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Place to Return To
    Place to Return To
    A Place To Return To is a rich and rewarding experience. The tone is elegiac and erudite, an erudition worn lightly and leavened by flashes of self-deprecating wit. `Attentive to the words between our words, the poems reach for the ineffable, the transcendent, seeking things of the spirit in the minutiae of closely observed landscapes--hills, sea, rocks--and they range widely across New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Memory and the present coexist in these poems in a wistful fusion and always, turning away from darkness, they tell us `what it means to walk inside the light'. --James Norcliffe

    `Poetry, as some sort of explanation, or in lieu of any explanation; or perhaps, an attempt at saying the essentially unsayable . . . this seems to be my poetic project.' --John Allison

    ISBN: 9780473481018
    Publication date: 08/07/2019
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Allison, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • To the Occupant
    To the Occupant
    To the Occupant takes the everyday and transforms it into something fine and precious and enduring. With an unsparing attention, Emma Neale creates shape-shifting poems that confound prejudices and subvert expectations. Displaying verve and confidence, her poetry is filled with musicality and dynamic language, always observant to the world and its details. The striking imagery and emotional range of her work never veer into sentimentality. These poems engage with the full spectrum of human emotion and experience, the hauntings of history, the cold hand of social inequality, and the long contrail of intimate cruelties. They challenge the open and latent violence of contemporary life, from refugee crises to rape, poverty and mental illness to climate change, while revealing the extraordinary in the everyday, where a childs-eye view of the world can witness the wonder of the new or the shadow of darkness. Whimiscal typographical experiments and prose poems sit next to reimagined fables (the Big Bad Wolf repurposed as inner demon), deliciously light-handed satire, and quietly powerful insights into the contemporary political terrain. To the Occupant is an innovative and astounding collection from one of New Zealands leading writers of her generation.

    ISBN: 9781988531687
    Publication date: 01/05/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Neale, Emma
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Two or More Islands
    Two or More Islands
    Diana Bridges subjects are reflected through a range of cultural lenses. To engagement with Western and New Zealand literature should be added her immersion in the great Asian cultures of China and India. Her poetry is an intricate meshing of realities and possesses a remarkable depth and richness of perspective. These are poised, elegantly wrought poems, full of lively intelligence and verbal deftness. Since Baxter, most New Zealand poets have shied away from the use of myth in their poetry. In this collection, Bridge mines this vein for its deeply traditional and personal resonances. She knows, as firmly as did Jung, that myths give us pictures for our emotions. Here, the poems that openly glance off myth are brief, fresh takes that centre on the heroines of Western Classical legend. They begin in an irony that is needed to cope with the sometimes shocking stories, then range through time to alight with radical brevity on Shakespeare and English history. The book concludes with The Way a Stone Falls, 22 poems set in Southeast Asia. The sequence takes on board the Cambodian tragedy of last century by way of headless statues taking a sideswipe at French colonialism. It confronts the hardest decision in the whole Hindu tradition, that of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. This is how Bridge finds her way in the world a place of trees and people and noise and contingency with the assurance that myth tells her story as well as its own.

    ISBN: 9781988531625
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Bridge, Diana
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Under Glass
    Under Glass
    `The things that are really big and really close
    are too big and too close to be seen.'

    A colossal jungle. Two suns. The sea on fire. If the mind were a place, what might it look like? Under Glass is an ambitious new collection by one of the most exciting young poets writing today.

    Gregory Kan's second book is a dialogue between a series of prose poems, following a protagonist through a mysterious and threatening landscape, and a series of verse poems, driven by the speaker's compulsive hunger to make sense of things. Kan's explorations of the outer and inner landscapes frequently cross paths but leave the reader in doubt - this is a collection full of maps and trapdoors, labyrinths and fragmented traces.

    Under Glass opens up new ways of telling stories - while questioning the value of storytelling itself. Beautifully crystalline and emotionally powerful, this poetry collection takes readers on a journey that is frightening yet tender, imperfect but triumphant.

    ISBN: 9781869408916
    Publication date: 14/03/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Kan, Gregory
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
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