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Selected Poems

by Kendrick Smithyman

Described as the 'sly old fox of New Zealand verse', Kendrick Smithyman is a major New Zealand poet. In Selected Poems passionate commitment to the craft of language and to a sense of place stamp the 100 poems...


In Continents

by Richard Reeve

From the violence of Tiberius and Edward III to the death of James Cook's Polynesian companion Tupaia, this collection of poems examines a litany of historical contexts, countering the habitual barbarity, selfishness,...


The Tudor Style: Poems New and Selected

by Elizabeth Smither

One of New Zealand's leading poets, Elizabeth Smither has published many collections and has won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. Her poems are characteristically slim, so the substantial selection of...


Tales of Gotham City

by Ian Wedde

Tales of Gotham City consists of three groups of poems that were written over a period of seven years, from 1977–83. Ian Wedde says of this collection: When I went 'greedily' looking for meaning among the...


Swimmers, Dancers

by Michele Leggott

Swimmers, Dancers is a second collection of poems from Michele Leggott and is a tender evocation of family in free open verse that is full of colour, movement and light. The poems remember her parents and childhood,...


Steal Away Boy: Selected Poems of David Mitchell

by Martin Edmond & Nigel Roberts

Structured in seven sections with poems written in the period between 1962 and 2009, this collection showcases the work of iconic New Zealand poet, political activist, and impresario David Mitchell. Literate...


Photographs: Poems by Albert Wendt

by Albert Wendt

In Albert Wendt's first collection for over a decade, snapshots of the close and familiar contrast with strange and mythical sequences from a vast Pacific epic in progress and a vivid impressionistic montage...


Laminations: Poems by Murray Edmond

by Murray Edmond

Murray Edmond, a well-established poet, writes in Laminations a savage, witty new collection that reflects the times we live in. These polished verses lament the end of the century and celebrate sound, rhythm...


The Switch

by Murray Edmond

Exciting in its taut energy and inventive comedy, Murray Edmond's The Switch is a long poem in forty-nine parts which proceeds, not in a straight line, but in a dazzling display of repetitions, rearrangements...


Spells for Coming Out

by Ian Wedde

A collection of poems by one of New Zealand's major poets, Spells for Coming Out exhibits a unity derived from mood and circumstance. Memories of Europe, regrets at the absence of 'friends, fugitives and lovers',...


Slip Stream

by Paula Green

Moving and uplifting, this compilation of mostly short poems conveys the author’s personal battle with breast cancer, from the initial mammogram through biopsy, several operations, radiotherapy treatment,...


Milk and Honey

by Michele Leggott

Deft word play, allusion, and quotation meet intense images and stirring rhythms in this compendium from one of New Zealand's top poets. The verse in this demanding body of work represents a step forward—it...


No Surrender: Poems

by Ai

"Smart, funny, angry, political, and utterly poetic . . . both haunting and humorous." —The Rumpus


The Narrow Road to the Interior: Poems

by Kimiko Hahn

An expansive work inspired by Japanese prose-poetry from a poet of “rigorous intelligence, fierce anger, and deep vulnerability” (Mark Doty). Kimiko Hahn, "a welcome voice of experimentation and passion"...


Dread: Poems

by Ai

A searing collection of poems about America's loss of innocence from the National Book Award-winning author of Vice. In poems that travel from the horrific flight of a World War II pilot to the World Trade Center...


Stunned Into Being: Essays on the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes

by Eliza Rodriguez y. Gibson

Lorna Dee Cervantes is a pivotal figure throughout the Chicano literary movement and this book gathers 30 years’ worth of essays and articles about her as well as interviews with her. A fifth-generation Californian...


The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It

by Adam Foulds

The stunning debut from "one of the best British writers to emerge in the past decade." (Julian Barnes)

With a voice that is at once fierce and lyrical, Adam Foulds tells the story of the Mau Mau uprising...


Mount Lebanon

by Karl Kirchwey

"Kirchwey shares the classicist's vision of poetry as a living tradition that extends from antiquity to the present . . . and his poems in this issue are about violent love and transcendent longing, the great...


Robert Hayden: Essays on the Poetry

by Laurence Goldstein & Robert Chrisman

This collection of essays by leading critics and poets charts Robert Hayden's growing reputation as a major writer of some of the twentieth century's most important poems on African-American themes, including...


Mixology

by Adrian Matejka

Selected for the 2008 National Poetry Series by Kevin Young

The poems in Adrian Matejka's second collection, Mixology, shapeshift through the myriad meanings of "mixing" to explore and explode ideas of race,...