- & So It IsISBN: 9781776560592
Title: & So It Is
Author: O'SULLIVAN VINCENT
Hot on the heels of Being Here, his capacious Selected Poems which was chosen by the NZ Listener as one of the poetry highlights of 2015, comes this dazzling collection of 75 new poems.
- 10 X (10 + 10) = 0 : A Ten Year, Ten Book Project 20/02/2002 - 21/02/2012ISBN: 9780473277574
Title: 10 X (10 + 10) = 0 : A Ten Year, Ten Book Project 20/02/2002 - 21/02/2012
Author: DRUMHELLER DOC
- 12 Huia BirdsISBN: 9780947506124
Title: 12 Huia Birds
Author: STOKOE JULIAN
12 beautiful huia birds play and sing in the forest. But is that a canoe arriving? A rat sniffling? A ship on the horizon? One by one, the huia start to disappear Â¿ what will remain? A captivating and uplifting celebration of the huia by an exciting new author and illustrator team, 12 Huia Birds includes educational resources, games and an app.
- 12 Netball PoemsISBN: 9780473336677
Title: 12 Netball Poems
Author: PIRIE MARK
12 Netball Poems by Mark Pirie is a collection of poems celebrating the game of netball and its players. Included is a sequence of poems ‘Five Silver Ferns Portraits’ in honour of some of New Zealand’s finest netball players (Maria Tutaia, Laura Langman, Casey Kopua, Sandra Edge and Leilani Read).
An addenda by Napier poet, former scientist and politician Bill Sutton celebrates Irene van Dyk, a Silver Fern great.
S A N D R A E D G E
Sandra Edge, you stole
my mother away
with each neat pass
I saw her sitting in
our kitchen watching
as each test
- 8 Poems 2014ISBN: 9789789789788
Title: 8 Poems 2014
Author: HOWARD DAVID ET AL
- 84-484ISBN: 9780864735584
Author: COCHRANE GEOFF
'84-484 was my grandparents' telephone number in the 1950s. Absent from my head for donkey's years, it made its return last night as I was watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW ... Yes, ""84-484"" is my title./ Lingering however/ in ghostly pastel glyphs/ is the one I almost chose:/ ""Dubious Truths"".' Geoff Cochrane's new book is a stunning new collection from one of NZ's very best poets
- 99 Ways into NZ PoetryISBN: 9781869791780
Title: 99 Ways into NZ Poetry
Author: RICKETTS HARRY & GREEN PAULA
This book celebrates the richness and variety of New Zealand poetry by outlining many of the numerous ways to read - and write - poems. It offers 80 key poems that showcase different aspects of the genre, as well as commentary from 25 poets about what inspired them to write specific works. With insightful and wide-reaching chapters from Paula Green and Harry Ricketts on such elements as form, context, features, effects and identity, this is a lively and accessible introduction to New Zealand poetry. Packed with images of poets and poetry collections, it is an invaluable book for any lover of New Zealand writing.
Format: Trade paperback
- Abandoned NovelISBN: 9780864735294
Title: Abandoned Novel
Author: BEACH DAVID
Combining ideas, information, and language from a broad range of sources, and transforming them into lines that are both deliberately prosaic and mysteriously musical, this collection of 60 decasyllabic sonnets are both formally rigorous and bracingly antipoetic. From the opening evocation of a high-wire act through highly ironic explorations of ideas of literary immortality, to a ceremony of ""at homeness"" in Bolton Street Cemetery, this book traces a fascinating arc while introducing a striking new voice to poetry.
- AfterISBN: 9781927242094
Author: CUNNANE ELIZABETH
It’s all through her body, oozing into her veins, already in her bones and now seeping out into her organs. The heaviness. The weight. It presses. With a persistence she’s been fighting for a long time now. Every minute seems longer than its sixty seconds because of this pressure. By another name, this would be called grief. She knows that. Loss. Part of the ‘process’.
After pre-supposes a time that will now always be recognised as before. It acknowledges that something significant has occurred, that this thing — whatever it was — is a pivotal point, a change of direction or understanding.
After is a response to the time that follows loss, and the fifteen stories explore that period of change. Although Elizabeth Cunnane’s individual experience informs the work, it is also a universal story of loss and love. After walks the journey of grief, but also of creativity, hope, desire and adventure.
- After the DanceISBN: 9780864735423
Title: After the Dance
Author: AMAS MICHELE
Immersed in sparkling wit, wholehearted truthfulness, and good humor, this spellbinding collection of poems explores a mother s love for her teenage daughter, the joys and complications of family life, the lives ofsuburban grandparents, andthe loving relationships between womenincluding motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship. With frankness and honesty, the poems confront both life and death, allowing a unique poetic voice to emerge."
- Airports & Other Wasted Days PoemsISBN: 9781877393341
Title: Airports & Other Wasted Days Poems
Author: IRELAND KEVIN
Airports and other wasted days, Kevin Ireland's follow-up collection of poems to 2003's Walking the Land, provides enthuiasts of his work with a real treat. The book contains all the usual hallmarks of his writing - relaxed without for a moment lapsing into flatness; beautifully controlled without a hint of stiffness. It exhibits all the sureness of touch and dry humour readers have come to expect over the years: the wit is sharp, but never cruel. Airports and other wasted days is yet another triumph for one of our most valued poets.
- AloeISBN: 9781869404413
Author: BRIDGE DIANA
Divided into four distinct sections, this collection of poetry draws inspiration from the natural world while dissecting the concepts of loss, hesitancy, generation, and repetition. Exploring how everything may be turned into words, this intriguing anthology also demonstrates how those words themselves may enact life. Additional voices and stories are used to convey psychological and physical sufferingutilizing the characters of the Furies, Sylvia Plath, and Medeaas well as the trauma and delight of birth and the curious reappearance of family traits. The final section is inspired by multicultural source material, combining images, stories, and ideas and grafting them onto a western sensibility. Rigorous and perceptive, this compendium features a diverse array of aesthetic touchstones such as an enduring classical poem, a superb Chinese pot, and the sublime architectural and sculptural records of India.
- AnatomyISBN: 9780994106988
Author: TROWER JAMIE
Auckland-based poet and actor Jamie Trower suffered a traumatic brain injury from skiing head first into rocks on Mount Ruapehu. Only nine, he spent months in a coma and two years living at the Wilson Centre in Auckland. Anatomy is the story of Jamie's rehabiltation. Whatever was thrown at him he refused to be knocked back. In this raw and astonishing work, Jamie writes of his disability as a struggle, but one that has offered him his own kind of beauty.
- Art of ExcavationISBN: 9780473290047
Title: Art of Excavation
Author: TAMU LEILANI
In The Art of Excavation, poet Leilani Tamu delves into the complex and multifaceted nature of the region that we know as the Pacific. In poetry that is by turns fierce and political, tender and insightful, contemplative and intimate, Leilani creates a beautiful ‘ie toga (finely woven mat) that weaves together living memory in a way that also acknowledges and places the past at the centre of the narrative.
Leilani Tamu is a poet, social commentator, Pacific historian and former New Zealand diplomat.
- Art of Walking UprightISBN: 9781877228209
Title: Art of Walking Upright
Author: COLQUHOUN GLENN
Glenn Colquhoun grew up "looking over the fence" in the cultural melting pot of South Auckland, New Zealand. After working in a variety of jobs he decided to become a doctor. During his training he took a year off and lived in Te Tii, in a remote part of the Bay of Islands.
Format: Trade paperback
- Artifacts & VentifactsISBN: 9781927242919
Title: Artifacts & Ventifacts
Author: SHADBOLT PETER
Artefact (n): an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest.
Ventifact (n): a stone shaped by the erosive action of wind-blown sand.
Peter was an engaging, humorous storyteller, particularly of his own life and family from the 1930s onwards — material drawn on extensively by his brother Maurice in his books. This collection reflects Peter’s life and some of his interests, and follows his documentary poem sequence, Voyage Around a River : The Hokianga, published in 2014.
- As the Verb TensesISBN: 9781927322253
Title: As the Verb Tenses
Author: EDMEADES LYNLEY
This is the work of a reflective and sensitive poetic talent: one run with gleaming wires of joy. In poems that gather together the vivid details of childhood memory, the surreal juxtapositions of life in the contemporary West, the wry observations of a temporary expatriate, the deeply lodged pain of historical and personal loss, Lynley Edmeades speaks to us in delicately spun lines that press out ironies, dissonances and profound formative experience. From playful, rhythmical poems about the art of dinner conversation, to warm glimpses of intimacy, she lays poetrys table with the knife of light satire, the bright salt of wit, the heady wine of love, the bread of knowledge. This quietly poised, confident first collection has a musical, emotional and thematic range of a substantial new talent.
- Aspiring Light: Tititea MaISBN: 9780473314125
Title: Aspiring Light: Tititea Ma
Author: MILFORD ROBYNANNE
Aspiring Light is an emporium of all the Robyanne Milford holds dear in her love affair with Central Otago. She sings songs to the mountains and the rivers. She opens up multiple histories. She calls on composers and artists and poets to join her in what is a very personal journey into a unique part of our country. A place of myth and mystery, where suffering has scoured many a soul, but where dreams may still come true.
- At the White CoastISBN: 9781869407285
Title: At the White Coast
Author: CHARMAN JANET
Making landfall among the inhabitants of a gritty metropolis, these poems transport the reader from the white coast of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud, to the shores of another country and another time. Set on the cusp of the 1970s and 1980s, Janet Charmans compelling poetry collection centers on the disorienting experiences of a young woman from the former British colony of New Zealand who has newly arrived in Londonsqualid flats, temp work, ancestral visits, and trips to the continent. With an eye for unsettling social cues, her outsiders vision of the city is persistently challenged by encounters with an array of its remarkable inhabitants: distant relatives, welfare clients and their social workers, and fellow travelers. In gritty lyric and biting word play, this account of the overseas experience reveals a passage hedged with earnest expectation and ripe with the black comedy of disillusion.
Format: Trade paperback
- Aue RonaISBN: 9781877577857
Title: Aue Rona
Author: ROBINSON REIHANA
A compelling first collection, re-imagining the Maori Rona legend.
- AUP Anthology of NZ LiteratureISBN: 9781869405892
Title: AUP Anthology of NZ Literature
Author: STAFFORD JANE & WILLIAMS MARK (EDITORS)
‘What, after all, is the truth of a place that has only just been worked into language?’
From Polynesian Mythology to the Yates’ Garden Guide, from Allen Curnow to Alice Tawhai, from Jessie Mackay to Alison Wong, from Julius Vogel to Albert Wendt, from the letters of Wiremu Te Rangikaheke to the notebooks of Katherine Mansfield – Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika, and Asian New Zealanders have struggled for two and a half centuries to work the English language into some sort of truth about this place. The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature brings together for the first time in one volume this country’s major writing, from the earliest records of exploration and encounter to the globalised, multicultural present.
Editors Jane Stafford and Mark Williams range across novels and stories, poems and plays, letters and diaries, comics and songs to collect the defining stuff of our literary heritage. The contents will delight and provoke: Erewhon and The Heart of the Bush; Man Alone and ‘No Ordinary Sun’; The God Boy and Hicksville; ‘The Gumboot Song’ and The Vintner’s Luck. Through an imaginative selection and illuminating introductions, Stafford and Williams provide new paths into our writing and our country. For students and readers, at home and overseas, the Anthology of New Zealand Literature will be the indispensable introduction for years to come to what’s worth reading and why.
- Aup New Poets 2ISBN: 9781869402808
Title: Aup New Poets 2
Author: BAGBY / YELICH / GARDNER
This is the second volume in AUPs occasional series presenting new poets to the growing poetry-reading audience. While the three poets presented in AUP New Poets 2 have distinctive voices of their own, each explores childhood memories and families past and present in ways that will strike a chord in many readers.
- Aup New Poets 4ISBN: 9781869404741
Title: Aup New Poets 4
Author: TSE CHRIS & SCUDDER ERIN & JONES HARRY
The latest in the series, this fourth volume showcases poetry from three very disparate voices: Harry Jones, Erin Scudder, and Chris Tse. Harry Jones's flair for lyric is palpable in his accomplished and elegant poetry. Erin Scudder writes sophisticated, dark, and flavorful pieces that focus on the sound and shape of words. Personal and universal at the same time, her work is specific yet interested in archetypes and tropes. Chris Tse draws from his family history and Chinese heritage to produce fascinating narrative poems. Tse's great grandparents' emigration to New Zealand and his own childhood experiences became sources of inspiration for the third poet in this compilation.
- Autobiography of a MargueriteISBN: 9780473284121
Title: Autobiography of a Marguerite
Author: BUTCHER-MCGUNNIGLE ZARAH
Autobiography of a Marguerite is an innovative autobiography about illness, family dysfunction, and identity, and how they can shape one another. The narrator struggles with the effects of her auto-immune illness, and struggles to separate herself from her troubled mother. The narrative that emerges from the connected prose poems is both revealing and mysterious. Fragmentation, non-linearity and the use of footnotes reflect the disruptive nature of illness and the nature of recalling memories and family patterns.
Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications. These include Hue & Cry, Sport and Landfall, and her poems have been selected for Best New Zealand Poems in 2011 and 2012. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern letters, where was awarded the Biggs Poetry Prize for her manuscript, the first rendition of Autobiography of a Marguerite.
- Axis Poems & DrawingsISBN: 9781877276064
Title: Axis Poems & Drawings
Author: MCQUEEN CILLA
Axis is a selection of Cilla McQueen's poems from the past twenty years, drawn from five volumes of her published work: Homing In , Anti Gravity , Wild Sweets , Benzina , and Crik'ey . The poems are interspersed with her drawings and Cilla's musical scores are also included.
- Back With The Human ConditionISBN: 9781776560844
Title: Back With The Human Condition
Author: ASCROFT NICK
Love. Work. Death. Complaints.
It’s the human condition. Whether you wrestle with it, bear it aloft, taste a little schmeck of it on your tongue or pass it along to some
other unfortunate, you can’t hope to fathom where you came upon it or whether there’s a returns policy.
Some say poetry is pulled unknowingly out of us, like birdsong. These people are annoying, seeing mystery for mystery’s sake.
Criticism is pulled unknowingly out of us like birdsong. Small talk is. Sleeptalk is. The first attempt at a phone message is. Poetry
takes graft, craft and chisel-work. Especially limericks.
‘From its brilliant, sorrowful subversions to its irreverent, exuberant nonsense, the voice here is gorgeously idiosyncratic. A cavorting,
satirical imagination hits levels of comedic joy that stand out from any crowd.’ —Emma Neale
‘Such brio, such zip!’ —Steve Braunias
- Bad Dog FlashISBN: 9781492601531
Title: Bad Dog Flash
Author: PAUL RUTH
- Baker's ThumbprintISBN: 9780473236311
Title: Baker's Thumbprint
Author: GREEN PAULA
I think I have the moment in me
that I want to last like the instant the light
catches the hills to make them sharp.
(from 'Sunday Afternoon')
Philosophers, scientists and artists such as Socrates, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Einstein and Jane Austen pop in for lunch, stay for the afternoon, dance at outdoor concerts and generally inhabit the every-day in these playful and thought-provoking poems by much-admired poet Paula Green.
The cover features a new painting by artist Michael Hight.
- Beauties of the Octagonal PoolISBN: 9781869405793
Title: Beauties of the Octagonal Pool
Author: O'BRIEN GREGORY
In an eight-armed embrace, BEAUTIES OF THE OCTAGONAL POOL collects poems written from and out of a variety of times, locations and experiences, from the water-frontages of Fiji, Fiordland and the Mediterranean to the built history of Moscow and Berlin. Gregory O'Brien's poems here - his first collection for seven years - have a thoughtful musicality, a shambling romance, a sense of humour, an eye on the horizon. And in the background, a soft directional chant of possibility: north, northwest, south, southeast, west, southwest, east, northeast. On Raoul Island there is a mechanical rat; in Moscow we encounter a black negligee and an ice-cream vendor; in Sault, a mayor and the Mistral; on Waiheke, the horses of memory thunder down the course; and in Doubtful Sound, the first guitar music heard in New Zealand spills over the waves. A gazing ball, an infinity pool, an endless sea, an organic compass, a contrapuntal spring, a glorious parrot, a bounded harbour - the octagonal pool might reflect where we've been to, or where we are going. This is a good place to be marooned.
- Beauty of the BadlandsISBN: 9780864735836
Title: Beauty of the Badlands
Author: FELL CLIFF
In part a homage to Bob Dylan, the classic American road trip is ironically paralleled to a visit to the underworld in this reverent and curious poetic journey across the United States. From the marginal clays and farms of the poet's hometown to the mountains and deserts of the American southwest, this wistful and wise collection offers poems that are fiercely honest and contain a wide variety of images, from science to religion to American life since 9/11.
- Beauty SleepISBN: 9780864735119
Title: Beauty Sleep
Author: CAMP KATE
- Bee Lovers Poetry CompanionISBN: 9781869421212
Title: Bee Lovers Poetry Companion
Author: ALEXANDER RAEWYN
- Being Here: Selected Poems by Vincent O'SullivanISBN: 9780864739315
Title: Being Here: Selected Poems by Vincent O'Sullivan
Author: O'SULLIVAN VINCENT
BEING HERE is the first book to survey the entire span of Vincent O’Sullivan’s poetry, from Bearings (1973) to new poems first published in this volume. On display is the full range of the wit, intellectual agility and arresting beauty of one of New Zealand literature’s finest poets.
- BellfounderISBN: 9780988719255
Author: TOUSSAINT STEVEN
Poetry. Reverent, reverberant, THE BELLFOUNDER is both augury and echo, uniting the medieval and the modern in a theological soundscape shaped by Dante's Divine Comedy, the films of Tarkovsky, and the music of Arvo Part. These poems, lyric intercessions to an absconded God, herald a remarkable new voice in American poetry."
- Bells of St BabelsISBN: 9781869402426
Title: Bells of St Babels
Author: CURNOW ALLEN
These 11 poems, written between 1997 and 2000 show Allen Curnow's ear for the vernacular and his sense of the absurdity of modish attitudes. Alongside a poem for poet Peter Porter's 70th birthday are poems of small dramas, some painful and ugly, observed unflinchingly.
- Bengal Engines Mango AfterglowISBN: 9780864737618
Title: Bengal Engines Mango Afterglow
Author: COCHRANE GEOFF
Basho alone and walking some high path. / Basho alone and climbing the concrete steps to heaven, / a flask of gin in his satchel. / A flask of gin and a spring roll gone cold. The great Japanese poet Basho is just one of the shades that haunt the vividly precise yet deeply mysterious poems in Geoff Cochrane's new collection. Geoff Cochrane is the author of numerous highly regarded collections of poems, two novels and two collections of short stories. In 2009 he was awarded the Janet Frame Prize for Poetry. 'One exits so many slim volumes with slim pickings. Then there are those books of poetry that seem fuller than fiction. Geoff Cochrane's is a whole world, rendered in lines at once compressed and open, mysterious and approachable. These are poems of great formal poise and terrific candour.' - Damien Wilkins on Vanilla Wine. 'It becomes apparent that Cochrane is not merely a frugal poet, thriftily recycling anecdotal skerricks and wisps of philosophical thoughts and self-destructive deeds into highly crafted and sophisticated works of art, but also a darkly humorous memorialist: a keeper of the keys for marginal Wellington.' - David Eggleton on 84-484.
- Beside HerselfISBN: 9781869408466
Title: Beside Herself
Author: PRICE CHRIS
'All of my best lines are accidents', Chris Price writes in this book, and proceeds to prove that she has the knack of putting herself in harm's way and the skill to build from there. Beside Herself plays with character, and with language, and with the way the one works on the other. Pronouns and personae shift and dance in this book in the same way that meanings do - 'After the expected, the unexpected. / After the unexpected, the formal handrail / and the overflow.' Price has always been attentive to the unlooked-for delights of language - she is a master of the riddling word-play poem - and uses this play in the service of something larger, an exploration of character and persona and perspective: 'I am every character - every, every character'. These characters appear from a variety of times, places and fictions - Richard III, Hamlet, three readers (one a writer), Richard Nunns and Miss Bethell - from contemporary Wellington to medieval England. The longer sequence 'The Book of Churl' is the narrative of medieval everyman; another long poem, 'Beside Yourself', is both a battle against the relentless first-person pronoun and a celebration of it, in ramshackle poem-diary form. A selection of beautifully crafted, riddling poems of persons and personae, truths and falsehoods, frank identities and masked selves, Beside Herself is a playful, shape-shifting performance.
- Best of Best NZ PoemsISBN: 9780864736512
Title: Best of Best NZ Poems
Author: MANHIRE BILL WILKINS DAMIEN
The Best of Best New Zealand Poems is a colourful and diverse portrait of the current robust health of New Zealand poetry. For ten years, guest editors have chosen their 25 favourite poems published in the previous year, for publication in the online Annual, Best New Zealand Poems, hosted by International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. For this book, editors Bill Manhire and Damien Wilkins have chosen the top 100 poems. They are reproduced here with the poets' biographies and personal statements about the inspirations of their poems.
- Between the Kindling & the Blaze with CDISBN: 9780473263850
Title: Between the Kindling & the Blaze with CD
Author: BROWN BEN
Between the Kindling and the Blaze is a bold exploration of the concept of mana. In resonant poetry and short prose poetry, the author does not seek to define mana but rather to reflect on its myriad nuances.
- Beyond PuketapuISBN: 9781927242940
Title: Beyond Puketapu
Author: WARD DUNSTAN
“Anyone interested in writing from the First World War, or the towering figure of Robert Graves in twentieth century poetry, is likely to know Dunstan Ward as the editor, with Beryl Graves, of the splendid three volume Carcanet edition of Robert Graves: Complete Poems. He was also the editor of Gravesiana, and the president of the Graves Society.
I’ve admired him for decades as a scholar, critic and editor; I can now add as a poet, as a voice that brings fresh inflections to poems that are both commemorative and immediate, ruminative and acerbically direct.”
— Vincent O’Sullivan, National Library NZ Poet Laureate 2013–15