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  • The Time of the Giantsby Anne Kennedy

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Time of the Giants is an original, delightful book of poems from the winner of the poetry section in the 2004 Montana Book Awards. This new work, also a sequence, is much less tied to the poet's own experience. Wonderfully inventive and both disturbing and amusing, it focuses on a family of giants and in particular the daughter and her efforts to conceal... more...

  • Valparaisoby Bob Orr

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    A well-established poet with roots in the 'Big Smoke' generation of the 1960s and 1970s, Bob Orr publishes rarely and this is his first book for some time. His poems are spare and simple but they have a haunting lyrical quality that few readers (or listeners) can resist. The first section, 'Mending Nets' and the third and last, 'I have Seen the Gods... more...

  • All Roads Lead to the Seaby Kapka Kassabova

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 11.99

    All Roads Lead to the Sea is a first collection of poetry from a young Bulgarian immigrant poet. Her work had already attracted considerable attention, with a special issue of Poetry New Zealand featuring her poems. Her moody, evocative poems brilliantly convey the rootlessness and restlessness of the immigrant, the mingled sense of loss and wonder... more...

  • The Drummerby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    The Drummer is Ian Wedde's eighth collection and it is plump with exquisite visual images, lost faith in language, revelations of intense beauty and literary allusions (from the Romantics to the New Zealand tradition). This is what the author writes about his collection: 'The word 'transport' seems to me to describe an event anywhere between a bus-trip... more...

  • The Commonplace Bookby Elizabeth Smither

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    I read this on a sandwich board outside a coffee shop. I stopped, pulled out my notebook, and leaned against a shopfront. You're nothing but a piece of crockery and a bit of blood. ? Epictetus How sharp and bloodtinglingly lovely on a clear early autumn day. The sun sharp on the shop panes, clear shadows on the footpaths, faces outlined in a way they... more...

  • Jumpby Elizabeth Nannestad

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 11.99

    Jump is the first collection from poet Elizabeth Nannestad, who has also worked as a doctor and forensic psychiatrist. These brief poems come to us in a singular voice, deceptively deft and simple. They are capable of song, wit and mystery. Elizabeth Nannestad writes of these poems: They are all about movement around some pivot that appears for the... more...

  • Leaving the Highwayby Mark Williams

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Leaving the Highway was the first critical study of some of New Zealand's major novelists: Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera, Maurice Gee, Ian Wedde, and C. K. Stead. Here Mark Williams concentrates on their important works to explore how deeply rooted anxieties about New Zealand's bicultural situation and national identity are articulated in... more...

  • Get Someby Sonja Yelich

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Sonja Yelich's Get Some is a daring departure from her previous, award-winning collection, Clung. It follows an American marine, Edgar, serving in Iraq, and the responses of his family back home to his tour of 'doody'. Yelich vividly contrasts his life with his family's, and serves up a whirlwind of perspectives on the war and contemporary American... more...

  • The Pop-up Book of Invasionsby Fiona Farrell

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    The Book of Invasions ? Lebor Gabála Ýrenn ? is a compilation of manuscripts describing the very specific discovery of Ireland ('on the fifteenth, on a Saturday') following the Creation and the Flood. The Pop-Up Book of Invasions is Fiona Farrell's poetic response to a six-month stay in Ireland as inaugural recipient of the Rathcoola Residency in County... more...

  • Mirabile Dictuby Michele Leggott

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    In 2008 Michele Leggott wrote a poem a week to record her term as the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate. In her collection of poems Mirabile Dictu (amazing to say), she relates the wonders of those 12 months, which took her to Matahiwi Marae in Hawke's Bay to receive her brilliant sky-blue, specially carved tokotoko, Te Kikorangi; through a time... more...