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  • Good Businessby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Ian Wedde?s new poetry collection Good Business, his fourteenth, finds him still in business. At the heart of the book is a stunning sequence, ‘Good Business?, at once an ode to walking the side-streets of central Wellington and an elegy for the poet?s father. Quietly hilarious, the poems are titled after Wellington businesses and institutions –... more...

  • Spells for Coming Outby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    A collection of poems by one of New Zealand's major poets, Spells for Coming Out exhibits a unity derived from mood and circumstance. Memories of Europe, regrets at the absence of 'friends, fugitives and lovers', dominate the opening section, and recur later when the physical scene before the poet is Mount Cargill and Otago Harbour. The feeling is... more...

  • Cold Snackby Janet Charman

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    cold snack is an immensely readable collection, among the most accessible that well-loved poet Janet Charman has written. The book brims with poems of suburbia, families, workplaces, ordinary life. In the first section Charman explores the pains and pleasures (mostly the pains) of becoming a schoolteacher in midlife, ‘rerouted back to class?—the fish-swim... more...

  • Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beautyby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Five extended poems linked by themes of beauty and language make up Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty, a new collection from one of the best New Zealand poets writing today. The long poem gives Wedde room to explore these themes in detail, weaving back and forth, accumulating phrases, images and sounds, always with characteristic exuberance and... more...

  • Fast Talking PIby Selina Tusitala Marsh

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Fast Talking PI is the first ‘singular, confident and musical? collection of poetry by Auckland writer Selina Tusitala Marsh. ‘Tusitala? means writer of tales in Samoan, and Marsh here lives up to her name with stories of her life, her family, community, ancestry, and history. Her poetry is sensuous and strong, using lush imagery, clear rhythms and... more...

  • Snowing Down Southby Janet Charman

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    This is a fifth collection of poems by a well-established poet. In Snowing Down South, Janet Charman recalls her childhood, full of voices and stories, and in writing preserves bits of New Zealand?s past as well as her own and her family?s. The poems range over an era in all its colour and detail and should strike chords with many readers. more...

  • The Pastoral Kitchenby Anna Jackson

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    In this collection, Anna Jackson?s poems deal thoughtfully and elegantly with motherhood, family, and the environment. Her ideas often assume unexpected forms, appearing as hens, vending machines, or grass within her poetry. Also addressed in these poems is the fate of today?s animals in their restricted habitats, which is dealt with in poems such... more...

  • The Lark Quartetby Elizabeth Smither

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Elizabeth Smither, one of New Zealand?s most distinguished poets, has perfected a distinctive and elegant style in such a way that it is easy to take the real quality of her poems for granted. But this is among her best collections, moving through a range of attentions – friends, gardens, works of art – with great charm and an unexpected and quirky... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Kendrick Smithyman; Peter Simpson

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    Described as the 'sly old fox of New Zealand verse', Kendrick Smithyman is a major New Zealand poet. In Selected Poems passionate commitment to the craft of language and to a sense of place stamp the 100 poems selected by Peter Simpson. Thick with wry wit, unexpected imagery and astonishing fluency, Selected Poems demonstrates Kendrick Smithyman's... more...

  • Rapunzel Rapunzelby Janet Charman

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    As a feminist poet chronicling life in the suburbs in all its banal and joyous detail, Janet Charman has no equal. She has a strong personality but she is never an egotistical poet and her work is remarkable for its compassion, its uncompromising anger and its wit and irony. It has developed a more sophisticated and complex approach over the years... more...