Poetry (40)

The Lives of Coat Hangers

ISBN: 9781927322376

Author: Sudesh Mishra    Publisher: Otago University Press

In Sudesh Mishra’s new collection the opening poem, ‘The Capacious Muse’, acts as a manifesto or declaration of intent. It’s a sequence of aphoristic se...


In Sudesh Mishra’s new collection the opening poem, ‘The Capacious Muse’, acts as a manifesto or declaration of intent. It’s a sequence of aphoristic sentences that begins: ‘The muse will not proscribe.’ In other words, this poet will not rule anything out as the fit subject for a poem. Sudesh Mishra is a philosophical poet, one preoccupied not only with how meaning is made, but with how meaning is manifested in the modern world. His poetry is rich in the truths revealed by humble, humdrum objects, as in the title poem, ‘The Lives of Coat Hangers’: They wait for a latch to raise an eyebrow, For a shadow to step in from the light. They long to be held in the arms of a coat … Subtle, witty, linguistically adept and internationally well travelled, Sudesh Mishra is a poet whose range of reference traverses global culture. An ambitious and accomplished writer, one able to brilliantly reinvent language, myth and metaphor, his fifth collection confirms him as a major poetic voice in the South Pacific. … a poet with imagination to burn – Murray Bramwell, Adelaide Review Mishra’s development as a poet shows in the restrained, formal, technical brilliance of the poems –Briar Wood, The Contemporary Pacific


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Pages: 144


Dimensions: 150 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 29-01-2016


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Keel and Drift

ISBN: 9780473362515

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Landing Press

…and on that shimmering blue you have painted a faint traveller, a singular figure with wings setting the pace.’ A girl carries a tray of eggs on her finge...


…and on that shimmering blue you have painted a faint traveller, a singular figure with wings setting the pace.’ A girl carries a tray of eggs on her fingertips, a man plays a cello in a field, a woman buys a carpet sweeper – these moments of everyday life are deceptively simple. Underneath, something else is going on – a sense of mystery, an awareness of impending death, a wry view of human nature. The poems in this collection tell a story, offer an insight or capture a moment of lyrical beauty. Together, they invite the reader to pause and pay attention. Adrienne invites those who aren’t natural poetry readers to find new ways to think about poems and perhaps even enjoy one or two. Keel & Drift is Adrienne’s third collection of poetry.


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My Wide White Bed

ISBN: 9780473405793

Author: Trish Harris    Publisher: Landing Press

‘We wash up on the current dinghies bobbing in the swell. Sometimes an oar touches. Hello, hello over there we say to each other lying on our white sheets wat...


‘We wash up on the current dinghies bobbing in the swell. Sometimes an oar touches. Hello, hello over there we say to each other lying on our white sheets watching the view.’ My wide white bed is a poignant journey through the swells and up draughts of recovery, where hope and humour are never far away. It captures the small but significant interactions with hospital staff and other patients, from the moorings of a wide, white bed, during a prolonged stay in the hospital after orthopaedic surgery. The simple yet beautifully crafted poems make this a book everyone can appreciate – readers and non-readers of poetry alike. Trish Harris’s first collection of poetry follows the success of her memoir, The Walking Stick Tree (2016).


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The Breathing Tree

ISBN: 9781927145555

Author: Apirana Taylor    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This collection offers 40 new poems from popular poet Apirana Taylor. Inspired by nature and mythology, he shifts his focus from the mundane to the mysterious, ...


This collection offers 40 new poems from popular poet Apirana Taylor. Inspired by nature and mythology, he shifts his focus from the mundane to the mysterious, and with characteristic wit and intensity shares his delight and despair in what he discovers. Accessible and tender, but pulling no punches, his work assumes many forms and has been included in New Zealand schools' English curriculum.


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Pages: 56


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2014


$25.00
Blood Ties

ISBN: 9781927145883

Author: Jeffrey Paparoa Holman    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Woven from the sharp and tensile strands of memory, many of the poems in this collection return to the primal pains of neglect and damage in childhood. Emotiona...


Woven from the sharp and tensile strands of memory, many of the poems in this collection return to the primal pains of neglect and damage in childhood. Emotional memory is anchored in the specific detail of an era – the selection is laced with dreams of flight and memories of West Coast town rituals, places and people – and fans out to draw on local and international history, exploring with wit, anger, imagination and grief the ways in which Aotearoa still carries the wounds of colonisation and class. Confronting the ghosts of bereavement and loss, in this gripping and powerful collection Holman leads us from remembrance and elegy, in all their guises, to a kind of ‘spring of the soul’. Poetry and song have their own healing gifts: here, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman calls on their potency to set the mind free.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 145 x 200 mm


Publication Date: 01-02-2017


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The Bond of Time : An Epic Love Poem

ISBN: 9781927145562

Author: John Puhiatau Pule    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

First published in a limited edition in 1985, John Pule's epic love poem "The Bond of Time" is now available in a new edition from Canterbury University Press.<...


First published in a limited edition in 1985, John Pule's epic love poem "The Bond of Time" is now available in a new edition from Canterbury University Press.
'A net of words across the Pacific ... The Bond of Time is a vast, surreal cornucopia of images stretching over 88 ages, a non-lineal narrative, bursting at its seams into every successive five-lined unrhymed stanza, each self-contained but caught in the net of Pule's ravishing imagination. [...] It seems obvious that while a human relationship is signaled from the very beginning and pursued through dark and light along the poem's entire trajectory, no one person could be the sole object of the poet's attention and passion - this is a love letter to a sea of islands, to Niue and the entire Pacific.' - From the Introduction by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman


Pages: 100


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 27-03-2014


$25.00
Fish Stories

ISBN: 9781927145661

Author: Mary Cresswell    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Mary Cresswell is at her imaginative best in this new collection, built from her experiments with the ghazal, a traditional form, which she first met via the wo...


Mary Cresswell is at her imaginative best in this new collection, built from her experiments with the ghazal, a traditional form, which she first met via the work of Agha Shahid Ali and Mimi Khalvati. The poems in ‘Fish Stories’ are presented as an intellectual challenge to students of the ghazal and glosa forms, encouraging them to develop their own craft. At the same time, Cresswell’s poetry is widely accessible and appealing: using rhyme and varying poetic structures, inspired by a range of topics, but especially by nature and ecology, she combines humour with serious comment to engage and connect with her reader.


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Pages: 132


Dimensions: 140 x 200 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


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The Judas Tree

ISBN: 9781927145463

Author: Lorna Staveley Anker    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

LORNA STAVELEY ANKER was born in 1914. She used to joke that this was the cause of the First World War. In truth, the poems in this fine collection reveal her a...


LORNA STAVELEY ANKER was born in 1914. She used to joke that this was the cause of the First World War. In truth, the poems in this fine collection reveal her as New Zealand’s first woman war poet. There are poems here that arise from her childhood memories of Kaiser Bill. Three of her uncles died in France.
She was a ‘war widow’ in the Second World War, one of the civilian casualties who make up what is known as ‘the unsung generation’.
This collection contains the best of her published poems and a substantial number never seen before. Edited with loving care by Canterbury poet Bernadette Hall, this is a book that will open your eyes to our nation’s invisible history, the story of a seemingly ordinary life that proves to be extraordinary in the telling.


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Pages: 96


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2013


$20.00
Sleepwalking In Antarctica and Other Poems

ISBN: 9781877257896

Author: Owen Marshall    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This fine new collection of poetry, Owen Marshall's second, is rich in the themes and preoccupations that have made his short stories and novels so admired. He...


This fine new collection of poetry, Owen Marshall's second, is rich in the themes and preoccupations that have made his short stories and novels so admired. Here are wise, elegiac poems on love and loss, longing and regret, and ageing; beautifully observed, affectionate poems about New Zealand countryside, where 'clear cold barking comes from miles away' ; sly and sharply witty poems about human frailty - 'Death's an old joke, the Russian said / but comes to each of us as a surprise' ; poems that look back to a distant past whose inhabitants were 'much the same as you and me' - all expressed in language that is superbly balanced and finely judged.


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2010


$25.00
Everything Is Here

ISBN: 9780994118677

Author: Rob Hack    Publisher: Escalator Press

These poems are about places, people and events that mattered and still matter in Rob’s life. Initially, Rob wanted to uncover and record his Rarotongan moth...


These poems are about places, people and events that mattered and still matter in Rob’s life. Initially, Rob wanted to uncover and record his Rarotongan mother’s early life due to her increasing memory loss. He later progressed into writing about the Cook Islands and his Niue Island years, with forays into Australia, poets he admires and a lot of other stuff.


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