Coming to it: Selected Poems
Potton and Burton, $30.00,
Poeta: Selected and New Poems
Otago University Press, $40.00,
Watching for the Wingbeat: New and Selected Poems
Cold Hub Press, $40.00,
A “Selected Poems” doesn’t confer quite the accolade of a collected, with its connotations of canonisation. But the poet is more likely to have a hand in shaping it, and to be around to enjoy it; it is more likely to privilege reading pleasure; and it’s simply more likely to happen. Back when publishers were powerful arbiters and gatekeepers, a selected poems affirmed a career and a reputation. Now that there are more gates and fewer keepers, the fact of a selected probably carries less freight.