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VINCENT O’SULLIVAN is one of New Zealand’s leading writers, author of the biography of John Mulgan, Long Journey to the Border, the novels Let the River Stand and Believers to the Bright Coast, and many plays and collections of short stories and poems. He is joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Man... read more

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Includes 14 poems by well known New Zealand poets.
Includes Allen Curnow, sam Hunt, Vincent O'Sullivan, Bill Manhire, Fiona Farrell, Charles Brasch, Jo Randerson, ARD Fairburn and Kateherine Mansfield.

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In her 'Sorted Book' series of photographs, conceptual artist Nina Katchadourian selects and stacks groupings of two, three, four, or five books so that the titles on their spines can be read as sentences forming whimsical, witty and poignant poems and narratives from the text found there. At once illuminating and thought-pro... read more

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In his new collection, Harry Ricketts finds room for three songs written in Hong Kong in 1975, and a 1979 poem about a War poet. Other poems remember departed friends and early experiences, and celebrate the abiding pleasure of reading, writing and cricket. Formally adroit, Just Then is by turns tender, funny and often surprising.

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Author:Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri & Robert Sullivan
Series:Whetu Moana
Awards:Finalist in the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards - Poetry category

First published in 2003, the award-winning Whetu Moana was the first anthology of contemporary Polynesian poetry in English edited by Polynesians and was lauded by reviewers and widely read around the world. Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English is the follow-up volume to Whetu Moana - Whetu Moana Lua II - and ... read more

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This collection of 81 haiku exemplifies Owen's insight and skill in taking everyday moments and events, and somehow, in simple language, making them something much more - images that continue to resonate in our hearts and minds long after the page is shut. With him, we move from the delicately sensate, tiredI crouch in the gr... read more

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In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our lit... read more

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This is a new and essential selection from the range and bulk of Robert Graves' poetry, edited by Ulster poet Michael Longley. This edition will restore Graves to view as a major twentieth century poet, and demonstrate his manifold achievement as war poet, as love poet, and as - in the round - a secular visionary whose poems ... read more

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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 ... read more

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Author:Leonard Cohen
Series:Popular Penguins

Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. Book of Longing was twenty years in the making and written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retreat in Mt Baldy. These poems show the full range of one of the most influential and enigmatic writers of his generation.

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Twelve soldier poets of the First World War Leading poet and former professor of English Literature, Jon Stallworthy tells the story of the lives and work of twelve major poets of the First World War and provides selections of their best work. The First World War began with flag-waving, parades and poets inspired by abstract ... read more

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was born in Sussex and died in Italy when his sailing boat overturned while returning from a visit to Byron. A radical thinker and social campaigner, Shelley wrote some of the finest lyric verse in the English language which confirms his standing as a major figure in Romantic literature. In th... read more

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Under the Skin is Monica Taylor's third collection of poems, offering memories from books, pictures,people and places, and looking below the surface to illuminate meaning.

Memory file
Contentment is not enough
    for life
excitement is needed too,
sometimes found wh... read more

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Merging the spirits of Don Quixote, Shakespearean fools, Theodore Roethke, Frank O'Hara, James Merrill and the Marx Brothers, Zach Savich's first book does more than showcase the innovative fluency of its roving forms and moods: these poetic hybrids are not hothouse blossoms but minotaurs. With ebullient intelligence and high... read more

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A collection of poems written and translated by the distinguished poet, novelist, playwright and broadcaster, James Kirkup. An impression of the strength of the survivors of the atrocities at Hiroshima, and the courage of campaigners against nuclear weapons, underpins the powerful imagery of the poems.

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'Paths of glory', 'Theirs not to reason why', 'When you are old and grey and full of sleep', 'A handful of dust', 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' - these and many others are famous lines of poetry that often occur in everyday speech. But do you know the rest of the verse, or even the rest of the poem? An anthology to... read more

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"One of the wisest books I've read in years, and it would be a shame to think that only poets will read it."--David Kirby, "The New York Times Book Review," on "Madness, Rack, and Honey""What a civil, undomesticable, and heartening poet is Mary Ruefle . . . any Ruefle poem is an occasion of resonant wit and language, subject ... read more

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