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Two or More Islands
Two or More Islands
Diana Bridges subjects are reflected through a range of cultural lenses. To engagement with Western and New Zealand literature should be added her immersion in the great Asian cultures of China and India. Her poetry is an intricate meshing of realities and possesses a remarkable depth and richness of perspective. These are poised, elegantly wrought poems, full of lively intelligence and verbal deftness. Since Baxter, most New Zealand poets have shied away from the use of myth in their poetry. In this collection, Bridge mines this vein for its deeply traditional and personal resonances. She knows, as firmly as did Jung, that myths give us pictures for our emotions. Here, the poems that openly glance off myth are brief, fresh takes that centre on the heroines of Western Classical legend. They begin in an irony that is needed to cope with the sometimes shocking stories, then range through time to alight with radical brevity on Shakespeare and English history. The book concludes with The Way a Stone Falls, 22 poems set in Southeast Asia. The sequence takes on board the Cambodian tragedy of last century by way of headless statues taking a sideswipe at French colonialism. It confronts the hardest decision in the whole Hindu tradition, that of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. This is how Bridge finds her way in the world a place of trees and people and noise and contingency with the assurance that myth tells her story as well as its own.

Title: Two or More Islands
Author: BRIDGE, DIANA
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/06/2019
Price: $27.95
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Imprint: Uni Of Otago
Publisher: Otago University Press
ISBN: 9781988531625
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Under Glass
Under Glass
`The things that are really big and really close are too big and too close to be seen.' A colossal jungle. Two suns. The sea on fire. If the mind were a place, what might it look like? Under Glass is an ambitious new collection by one of the most exciting young poets writing today. Gregory Kan's second book is a dialogue between a series of prose poems, following a protagonist through a mysterious and threatening landscape, and a series of verse poems, driven by the speaker's compulsive hunger to make sense of things. Kan's explorations of the outer and inner landscapes frequently cross paths but leave the reader in doubt - this is a collection full of maps and trapdoors, labyrinths and fragmented traces. Under Glass opens up new ways of telling stories - while questioning the value of storytelling itself. Beautifully crystalline and emotionally powerful, this poetry collection takes readers on a journey that is frightening yet tender, imperfect but triumphant.

Title: Under Glass
Author: KAN GREGORY
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/03/2019
Price: $25.00
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Imprint: Auckland University Press
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869408916
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Vanishing Points
Vanishing Points
A new poetry collection full of stories caught from the air and pictures made of words. It's an optical amusement, a punctured surface letting light pour through holes cut out of the picture. Moon, army tents and the windows of houses and St Mary's church glow or flicker with luminance. Between them move women and children as well as soldiers. Steamers, a brig and a schooner ride on the moonlit sea. Part and not part of the scene is the artist's son, who lies three days buried in the churchyard at the foot of the hill where his father sits sketching the arrival of imperial troops. Now walk away from the painting when it is lit up and see how light falls into the world on this side of the picture surface. Is this what the artist meant by his cut outs? Is this the meaning of every magic lantern slide? Michele Leggott's new collection is full of history and family, lights and mirrors, the real and the surreal, now articulated through a powerful amalgam of prose poems and verse. Vanishing Points concerns itself with appearance and disappearance as modes of memory, familial until we lose sight of that horizon line and must settle instead for a series of intersecting arcs. It is full of stories caught from the air and pictures made of words. It stands here and goes there, a real or an imagined place. If we can work out the navigation the rest will follow.

Title: Vanishing Points
Author: LEGGOTT MICHELE
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 24/10/2017
Price: $28.00
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Imprint: Auckland University Press
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869408749
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View from the South
View from the South
Title: View from the South
Author: MARSHALL OWEN
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
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Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780143771845
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Wade in the Water
Wade in the Water
Even the men in black armor, the ones. Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else. Are they so buffered against, if not love's blade. Sizing up the heart's familiar meat?

In Wade in the Water, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith's signature voice - inquisitive, lyrical and wry - turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men and violence. The various connotations of the title, taken from a spiritual once sung on the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to safety in 19th-century America, resurface throughout the book, binding past and present together. Collaged voices and documents recreate both the correspondence between slave owners and the letters sent home by African Americans enlisted in the US Civil War. Survivors' reports attest to the experiences of recent immigrants and refugees. Accounts of near-death experiences intertwine with the modern-day fallout of a corporation's illegal pollution of a major river and the surrounding land; and, in a series of beautiful lyrical pieces, the poet's everyday world and the growth and flourishing of her daughter are observed with a tender and witty eye. Marrying the contemporary and the historical to a sense of the transcendent, haunted and holy, this is a luminous book by one of America's essential poets.

Title: Wade in the Water
Author: SMITH TRACY K
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/04/2018
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Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141987842
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Walking to Jutland Street
Walking to Jutland Street
Walking to Jutland Street is the impressive first book-length collection by up-and-coming Auckland-based poet Michael Steven.
The title refers to Dunedin's industrial wharf precinct where some of the poet's friends shared a flat in 2010. A poem about friendship in the face of the other, `Walking to Jutland Street' vividly recreates their evening `constitutional' from the flat via the bridge over train tracks to the city and back, with its inebriated, surreal, sometimes nightmarish inhabitants.
Other poems deliver snapshots of the human condition through bizarre personalities such as the subject of `Dropped Pin: Jollie Street', `a man who proclaimed to function / best in a state close to coma'. Still others are tender love poems, travel poems (in 2016 the poet slept in the last bedroom of explorer Vasco da Gama), poems about family or childhood memory.
A poet of gritty, day-to-day urban New Zealand reality (whether depicting teenage drug dealing, alcoholics or the night shelter), Steven is equally a writer steeped in literary tradition, Buddhist mysticism and world-historical narrative. His is a voice that aspires to capture quotidian experience or personality as a phenomenon implicitly of all times and places. In this pursuit, his literary cousins are Olds, Orr, Mitchell, Dickson, Johnson and Baxter.

Title: Walking to Jutland Street
Author: STEVEN MICHAEL
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/03/2018
Price: $27.50
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Imprint: Uni Of Otago
Publisher: Otago University Press
ISBN: 9781988531182
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War Poems Of Wilfred Owen
War Poems Of Wilfred Owen
Orpheus, the pagan saint of poets, went through hell and came back singing. In twentieth-century mythology, the singer wears a steel helmet and makes his descent "down some profound dull tunnel" in the stinking mud of the Western Front. For most readers of English poetry, the face under that helmet is that of Wilfred Owen.' Professor Jon Stallworthy, from his Introduction.When Wilfred Owen was killed in the days before the Armistice in 1918, he left behind a shattering, truthful and indelible record of a soldier's experience of the First World War. His greatest war poetry has been collected, edited and introduced here by Professor Jon Stallworthy. This special edition is published to commemorate the end of the hellish war that Owen, though the hard-won truth and terrible beauty of his poetry, has taught us never to forget.

Title: War Poems Of Wilfred Owen
Author: OWEN WILFRED
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 27/09/2018
Price: $26.00
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Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784874407
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Whale Years
Whale Years
'Two poets on a headland, mid-survey / might pause suddenly and say / will this be your whale, or mine?' Between 2011 and 2014, poet and artist Gregory O'Brien found himself following the migratory routes of whales and seabirds across vast tracts of the South Pacific Ocean, resulting in work that O'Brien describes as 'acts of devotion - a homage to a series of remarkable locations and to the natural histories of those places'. In three parts, this collection stretches across the Pacific, following whale-roads, weather balloons and sons at sea, charting historical explorations and recent disasters such as the grounding of the Rena, along with other Pacific realisms - the 'Pacific trash vortex', the wavering democracy of Tonga, the political history of Chile. These poems are an exploration of outlying islands, the ocean that lies between them, and the whale-species and sea birds found there. From Waihi looking east and Valparaiso looking west, O'Brien surveys the cultural heart and health of an ocean in memorable, musical, moving lines.

Title: Whale Years
Author: OBRIEN GREGORY
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 16/03/2015
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Imprint: Auckland University Press
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869408329
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Wild Honey Reading NZ Womens Poetry
Wild Honey Reading NZ Womens Poetry
Highly regarded poet and anthologist Paula Green is the author of this much overdue survey of New Zealands women poets. Illustrated throughout by Sarah Laing and featuring the work of 195 poets (all of whom have biographies and full bibliographies), this book is a landmark volume and an incredible achievement. Its timing is perfect given the current re-examination of the role of the male gatekeepers of our literature in the 1940s and 1950s, who decided that womens poetry was weak and excluded it from the volumes of poetry that were to become the canon. How things have changed at present the most exciting poetry is coming from high-profile young women poets who almost have cult status Hera Lindsay Bird and Tayi Tibble. Charmingly and unique, the books chapters follow the structure of a house, with different poets being discussed and assessed in each of the houses rooms. The selection is enormously generous, the tone is at times gentle and accessible, and Greens reach is wide. She brings the pioneers of womens poetry Jessie Mackay, Blanche Baughan and Eileen Duggan back from the shadows and she also draws our attention to the remarkable stories of forgotten women poets such as Lola Ridge.

Title: Wild Honey Reading NZ Womens Poetry
Author: GREEN PAULA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Price: $45.00
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Imprint: Massey University Press
Publisher: Massey University Press
ISBN: 9780995113596
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Winter Eyes
Winter Eyes
Poetry as comfort, poetry as confrontation. In Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts reaches into past and future, with other writers and artists - from Kipling to Dylan, Austen to Frame - in the crosscurrents. These are poems of friendship, of love's stranglehold, of the streets and buildings where history played out. Elegiac and bittersweet, Winter Eyes is Harry Ricketts' best yet.

Title: Winter Eyes
Author: RICKETTS HARRY
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 10/05/2018
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Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776561872
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XYZ of Happiness
XYZ of Happiness
Title: XYZ of Happiness
Author: MCCALLUM MARY
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
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Imprint: Submarine
ISBN: 9780995109223
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Yield
Yield
The vivid and lyrical new collection from award-winning poet Sue Wootton. These poems are sensorially alive, deeply attentive to language, the body, and the world around us. Down in the bone the word-strands glimmer and ascend often disordered, often in dreams, bone -- knowledge beating a path through the body to the throat labouring to enter the alphabet. -- 'Lingua Incognita'. Wootton addresses subjects as various as the fraught relationship between medical institutions and ndividual suffering, the disintegration of the polar icecaps, the energising power of solitude and the rewarding demands of creativity and love. This is a collection about give and take, loss and gain; about sowing, tending and reaping. Sue Wootton brings her characteristic linguistic dexterity, exuberance and versatility to every page. "The Yield" is rich harvest.

Title: Yield
Author: WOOTTON SUE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 13/03/2017
Price: $25.00
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Imprint: Uni Of Otago
Publisher: Otago University Press
ISBN: 9780947522483
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