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  • The Yellow Buoyby C. K. Stead

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    C. K. Stead has always swum through literature, cultures, surroundings both physical and social, with a deft stroke. Completed in his eightieth year, The Yellow Buoy sees the poet firmly attached to his memories, attuned to his craft and attentive to his world. The book is divided into three parts: ‘The Yellow Buoy?, ‘The Silence? and ‘The Green Enclave?.... more...

  • Beauties of the Octagonal Poolby Gregory O'Brien

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Gregory O?Brien?s first collection since Afternoon of an Evening Train (2005), Beauties of the Octagonal Pool is centred on the ‘octagonal pool? of the Waitemata Harbour. Arranged in eight sections, the book collects poems written from and out of a variety of times, locations and experiences, from the water-frontages of Fiji, Fiordland and the Mediterranean... more...

  • The Frame Functionby Jan Cronin

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 29.15

    From Owls do Cry to The Carpathians, the novels of Janet Frame have challenged our understanding of what fiction does. The Frame Function is a guide for those who are intrigued, stimulated, sometimes baffled by Frame?s powerful novels. In The Frame Function, Jan Cronin traces the operation of a prescriptive authorial presence within the novels to... more...

  • Days Beside Waterby Gregory O'Brien

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    The coastline, where sea, land and sky meet, a place of incident and memory, threads through poems which range from brief lyrics to an imagined account of the marriage of nineteenth-century missionary Samuel Marsden. Indeed, the idea of spiritual marriage pervades the book: a union of elements in imaginary and sometimes historical contexts. more...

  • Wildby Anne French

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Wild is a new collection, the sixth, from gifted and successful poet Anne French. Though French?s voice and interests are familiar, this book pushes into new territory. The title suggests the unknown and uncultivated, the world outdoors, the distant past, the hidden power of passion, the bush and the ocean: all these aspects of the wild emerge in... more...

  • Briefcaseby John Adams

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    After an argument with his wife, Verity, Jason Button threw a stapler which struck her on the face. Is he guilty of violent assault? Or was it just a matter of bad luck? Briefcase, the first book of poetry by Judge and poet John Adams, is a mélange of poems – in traditional and experimental forms – and other texts: affidavits, police reports, a sudoku... more...

  • Star Wakaby Robert Sullivan

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Published on the cusp of the new millennium, Sullivan's third book of poems, Star Waka, came with some strings attached: each poem had to feature either a star, a waka, or the ocean. Within these parameters, and in 2001 lines, Sullivan creates 100 poems that, he says, themselves function like a waka: 'members of the crew change, the rhythm and the... more...

  • Clungby Sonja Yelich

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Clung is a first solo collection by a poet who appeared in AUP New Poets 2. These are the wry amused colourful poems of a woman stuck at home with small children and listening to the radio, which brings other worlds, new words and voices, into the midst of their domestic life. This clash of cultures is bizarre, funny, magical. In other poems, summer... more...

  • Laminationsby Murray Edmond

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Murray Edmond, a well-established poet, writes in Laminations a savage, witty new collection that reflects the times we live in. These polished verses lament the end of the century and celebrate sound, rhythm and word play. Edmond's work sits at the intersection of the personal and historical, and although it is tough and challenging, it is also richly... more...

  • Cookhouseby Paula Green

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    In Cookhouse, Paula Green writes about her own life as a mother of three daughters and as a poet. She uses the metaphor of food, cooking and meals to represent the nurturing, caring experience of women and also the poet?s loving concern for language and fondness for others who have worked with words. more...