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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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'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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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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I saw a tramp last night the way the old dog walked with dotted, tired fur down nobody's alley being nobody's dog ...past the empty vodka bottles past the peanut butter jars, with wires full of electricity and the birds asleep somewhere, down the alley he went - nobody's dog moving through it all, brave as any army. In the li... read more

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This edition replaces Ezra Pound's "Selected Poems 1908-1969", and offers a revaluation of the poetry by conjoining early and late works within a new overview. Emphasis has also been laid on the interpenetration of original composition and translation within Pound's career, and the edition includes the complete "omage to Sext... read more

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"Across the Land and the Water" brings together poems published during W.G. Sebald's life, with an additional selection of those which were found in his literary archives in Marbach and never published while he was alive. Arranged chronologically, from work published during his student days in the 1960s to the longer narrativ... read more

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Love - that complicated, delicious, pleasurable, necessary feeling ties us to another human, to a mother, father, son, daughter, sibling, lover or friend. Love can also tie us to a place, an experience, an object. We love and we are loved; unexpectedly, gloriously, painfully, deeply. The majority of the 150 New Zealand love p... read more

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Not an elephant There’s a hippopotamus in the room more awkward than an elephant. It scans the perimeters, paws the carpet; the eyes narrow, threaten. Conversation in low-backed cushioned chairs slides sideways, stumbles, hides those nutrients delectable to the beast. Disappointed, the quadruped moves on. The room relax... read more

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Andrew Motion's new book opens with a sequence of war poems (first published as the pamphlet "Laurels and Donkeys", on Armistice Day 2010), drawing on soldiers' experiences of war from 1914 until today - beginning with a story about Siegfried Sassoon and moving via World War Two and Korea to the recent conflicts in Iraq and A... read more

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You may remember the famous opening lines, 'Tyger tyger, burning bright'? and 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' but would you be able to name the poems or the poets? The English language is jam-packed with wonderful verses that we've all heard at some point, but probably forgotten. I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud helps ... read more

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Since his debut, Nil Nil, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1993, Don Paterson has lit up the poetry scene in the U.K. His dazzling, intensely lyric and luminous verse has delighted readers ever since, and won many awards along the way. God's Gift Women took the T. S. Eliot Prize in 1997, Landing Light won it... read more

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Ariel (1965) contains many of Sylvia Plath's best known poems written in an extraordinary burst of creativity just before her death in 1963. The first of four collections to be published by Faber & Faber, it is the volume on which her reputation as one of the most original, daring and gifted poets of the twentieth century... read more

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