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Blood Ties New & Selected Poems: 1963 to 2016
Blood Ties New & Selected Poems: 1963 to 2016
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 colonization 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.

Title: Blood Ties New & Selected Poems: 1963 to 2016
Author: HOLMAN JEFFREY PAPAROA
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Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 20/02/2017
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Imprint: Canterbury University
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
ISBN: 9781927145883
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Blues Comes With Good News
Blues Comes With Good News
Soul searching poetry for a new generation.



Inspired by Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Mick Guffan and others 'who tell it like it is' The Blues Comes with Good News is a collection of poems by prolific writer, Sonny Hall. The collection ranges from articulating addiction, self-destruction and identity, to romantic relationships, his journey to recovery and ongoing mental health issues.



At 18-years-old Sonny entered a treatment centre for alcohol and drug addiction, after losing his biological mother - who he remained close to despite being adopted age 4 - to a heroin overdose. Three months into his treatment, Hall started writing poems as a way of ordering 'all the madness' in his head and since then his potent, painfully raw, hand-scrawled poems have amassed him more than 120,000 followers on Instagram.

Title: Blues Comes With Good News
Author: HALL SONNY
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Price: $35.00
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Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Div
ISBN: 9781529383973
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Cat in the Treble Clef
Cat in the Treble Clef
A beautiful collection of poems from bestselling author Louis de Berniores.

From the very start of his writing career Louis de Berniores has loved poetry. Here the author of the much-loved Captain Corelli's Mandolin returns to this first love with his third collection.

The Cat in the Treble Clef focuses on family and the connections we make, and break, with other people. There are moving poems to and about his family- his great grandmother, his mother and father and his children. There are poems about places near and far, about the passing of time, music and about love in its various forms. In this collection, de Berniores shares his passion with his readers, in a beautifully illustrated gift edition.

Title: Cat in the Treble Clef
Author: DE BERNIERES LOUIS
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/11/2018
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Imprint: Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787300187
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Cloudboy
Cloudboy
Cloudboy is a deep-mulling, richly sensitive account of a mother's adjustments to the needs of an autistic child. This prize-winning suite of poems grows out of extremes of love and frustration, as the poet introduces a bright, unpredictable, markedly individual boy to the rigid, often airless routines of the school system. Any empathetic parent knows the fears and anxieties of sending a young child into the world of other children, their casual cruelties and dreamy naivety. Each concern is exponentially increased when a child's educational and emotional needs set them apart. Cloudboy writes his own version of Genesis; he invents a new language; he sketches intricate maps; he reads Aristotle and develops an obsession with Dr Who; he interrupts; he sways; his 'fists come clenched and swinging'. To onlookers, Cloudboy seems troubled, trouble. Cirrus, cumulus, arcus, stratus: cloud forms speak to Harvey of the phases of the mother-child bond; the mood-swings and leaps of her child's mind; the mutability of personality; the attraction and evaporation of human kindness; presence and absence; reverie and forgetfulness; the intensity and yet bittersweet transience of early childhood.
With a limber, gorgeously metamorphic sense of sculptural and sonic aspects of poetic form, this book is a tender and detailed atlas of a child's imaginative potential. Yet one of the most remarkable gifts it reveals for us readers is Cloudmother's own finely calibrated perceptions.

Title: Cloudboy
Author: HARVEY SIOBHAN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/04/2014
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Imprint: Otago Press
Publisher: Otago University Press
ISBN: 9781877578809
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Collected Poems
Collected Poems
Title: Collected Poems
Author: ADCOCK FLEUR
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Price: $50.00
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Imprint: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562091
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Collected Poems
Collected Poems
Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies of her books around the world. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

Her first Collected Poems includes all of the poems from her nine acclaimed volumes of adult poetry - from Standing Female Nude to Ritual Lighting (2014) - as well as her much-loved Christmas poems, which celebrate aspects of Christmas: from the charity of King Wenceslas to the famous truce between the Allies and the Germans in the trenches in 1914.

Endlessly varied, wonderfully inventive, and emotionally powerful, the poems in this book showcase Duffy's full poetic range: there are poems written in celebration and in protest; public poems and deeply personal ones; poems that are funny, sexy, heartbroken, wise. Taken together they affirm her belief that 'poetry is the music of being human'.

Collected Poems is both the perfect single-volume introduction for new readers and a glorious opportunity for old friends to celebrate thirty years' work by one of the country's greatest literary talents. It confirms indisputably that 'Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time' (Rose Tremain, Guardian).

Title: Collected Poems
Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Price: $45.00
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Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447231752
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Coming to it Selected poems
Coming to it Selected poems
Sam Hunt is New Zealand's best-known and, arguably, best-loved poet. Coming to it: Selected poems is the latest collection of Hunt's poems to be published. It is intended to replace both Doubtless: New and selected and Knucklebones: Poems 1962-2012 (both out of print) to ensure that a substantial selection of his poems remain available to the general reader. In Coming to it, a broad selection of Hunt's older poems sit ahead of his more recent work from Chords (2011), Salt River Songs (2016) as well as 19 brand new, previously unpublished poems written in 2018. As always, Hunt's unflinchingly honest, elegiac and moving poems roam around familiar themes of family, friends and lovers; landscapes and the play of the weather; and the challenges of ageing and mortality. Sam Hunt has had a remarkable and enduring career, and Coming to it is a fitting tribute to the quality of his poems.

Title: Coming to it Selected poems
Author: HUNT SAM
Year: 2018
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 20/08/2018
Price: $30.00
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Imprint: Potton & Burton
Publisher: Potton & Burton
ISBN: 9780947503802
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Conch Trumpet
Conch Trumpet
The Conch Shell calls to the scattered tribes of contemporary New Zealand. It sounds the signal to listen close, critically and 'in alert reverie'. David Eggleton's reach of references, the marriage of high and low, the grasp of popular and classical allusion, his eye both for cultural trash and epiphanic beauty, make it seem as if here Shakespeare shakes down in the Pacific. There are dazzling compressions of history; astonishing paens to harbours, mountains, lakes and rivers; wrenchingly dark, satirical critiques of contemporary politics, of solipsism, narcissism, the apolitical, the corporate, with a teeming vocabulary to match. And often too a sense of the imperative, grounding reality of the phenomenal world - the thisness of things: Cloud whispers brush daylight's ear; fern question-marks form a bush encore; forlorn heat swings cobbed in webs. - from 'Nor-wester Flying' In this latest collection David Eggleton is court jester/philosopher/lyricist, and a kind of male Cassandra, roving warningly from primeval swampland to gritty cityscape to the information and disinformation cybercloud.

Title: Conch Trumpet
Author: EGGLETON DAVID
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/02/2015
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Imprint: Uni Of Otago
Publisher: Otago University Press
ISBN: 9781877578939
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Conventional Weapons
Conventional Weapons
Conventional Weapons is Tracey Slaughter's first full poetry collection. In these dark, lyrical poems, Slaughter
closely observe the textures of the world and the beauty and depravity of human nature.

Title: Conventional Weapons
Author: SLAUGHTER TRACEY
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/05/2019
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Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562206
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Craven
Craven
Title: Craven
Author: ARTHUR JANE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 12/09/2019
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Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562879
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Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae
Title: Curriculum Vitae
Author: JONES HAROLD
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
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Imprint: Miscellaneous
ISBN: 9781493137527
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Denis Glover Selected Poems
Denis Glover Selected Poems
Denis Glover wrote New Zealand's most famous poem, yet his work has fallen in and out of print over the years. First published in 1995, Bill Manhire's selection is based on Glover's own 1981 Selected Poems, and includes `The Magpies' along with a wide variety of other poems, lyrical and satirical. It reveals a richer and far more lively writer than the one usually found in anthologies.

Printer, typographer, publisher, boxer, sailor, scholar, satirist, wit and poet, Denis Glover was born in Dunedin in 1912 and died in Wellington in 1980. He founded the Caxton Press in 1936 and published much important New Zealand writing.

Bill Manhire is himself one of New Zealand's most celebrated poets. He has written widely on New Zealand literature and edited many celebrated anthologies.

Title: Denis Glover Selected Poems
Author: MANHIRE BILL ED
Series: VUP Classics
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Price: $30.00
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Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562831
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