Poetry

Raw look at poet’s life

February 18, 2016
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Raw look at poet’s life

Born to a Red-headed Woman, by Kay McKenzie Cooke (Otago University Press, RRP $25): Music can evoke memories and emotions and using that ability, Kay McKenzie Cooke has created a collection of poetry that highlights people and places from her past. Cooke grew up in the rural Southland of the 1950s and 60s and...

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Poetic insight to the world of autism

January 20, 2016
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Poetic insight to the world of autism

Cloudboy, by Siobhan Harvey (Otago University Press, RRP $25): Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, selected by Siobhan Harvey, Harry Ricketts and James Norcliffe (Godwit, RRP $45): Siobhan Harvey is an internationally recognised poet who has been critically acclaimed through receiving or being shortlisted for many awards. She won the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award...

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Whimsical work a little gem

September 15, 2015
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Whimsical work a little gem

Edwin’s Egg and Other Poetic Novellas, by Cilla McQueen (Otago University Press, RRP $40): Former New Zealand Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen has produced a cute little collection of poetic novellas that will appeal to her existing fans and also provide a great introduction to her work for new fans. Originally one of the works McQueen...

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Southern connection in highly recommended poetry collection

February 24, 2015
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Southern connection in highly recommended poetry collection

The Night The Rat Stepped Out, poems by Gary Elford, artwork by Tui Johnson (RRP $20): Christchurch based poet Gary Elford taught at three different schools on the Regent Street site now occupied by Aurora College, Invercargill, for 16 years, so many of you will know him. I thoroughly enjoyed this, his second poetry collection....

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Poems from the abbatoir

December 23, 2011
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Poems from the abbatoir

Writing poetry probably is not a common pastime for blokes working on the chain at the meatworks – but Terry Lynch is not most blokes. In an interview in The Press in 1995, the meatworker said he was almost scared to go back to work after coming out as a poet. However, his workmates...

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Size doesn’t matter … even in poetry

December 11, 2011
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Size doesn’t matter … even in poetry

99 Ways Into New Zealand Poetry, by Paula Green and Harry Ricketts (Vintage, RRP $44.99): This massive 624-page beast of a book looks a little daunting at first glance but don’t let the size of the thing put you off. New Zealand has a diverse range of very talented people who have produced some...

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Honouring our soldiers in verse

September 30, 2011
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Honouring our soldiers in verse

Cassino: City of Martyrs/Citta Martire, by Robert Sullivan (Huia, RRP $30): Poet Robert Sullivan has produced a collection of poetry that pays tribute to those who fought and died in Italy during World War II. The pages of this book relay his thoughts as he travels through the cities in Italy that his grandfather...

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Stead’s latest offering a real gem

April 11, 2007
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Stead’s latest offering a real gem

The Black River, by C K Stead (Auckland University Press, $25): It may come as a surprise to some who know me when I say I like poetry. Not the flowery stuff of Shakespeare (no, that’s not an invitation for Shakespeare geeks to inundate me with reasons his poetry isn’t flowery) and not the...

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