Blog Archives

The wisdom of things, Anna Smaill

The Yield
Sue Wootton
Otago University Press, $25.00,
ISBN 9780947522483

The Internet of Things
Kate Camp
Victoria University Press, $25.00,
ISBN 9781776561063

There is beauty to be had in yielding, Sue Wootton’s collection suggests, both to the natural world and to language. The collection’s title comes from its final poem, a quiet ode to an apple tree. Resurrected from its first life as a “dehydrated sapling”, the tree has thrived against the odds. Evidence of its battle remains in its posture; the sapling has developed

a lean, the whole tree on an angle,
as if surrendering in deference
to persistent pressure, as if leaned
upon,
giving in or giving up to what
prevails

 

The poem ultimately suggests that, rather than resignation, the tree’s lean is a mode of enabling sacrifice: it “let[s] go” in order to “put out arms, become a fruitful crux”. In conserving its energy the tree enables a different kind of yield – the crop of “yellow apples, blushed, /…Tart and crisp, delicious.”

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Out of this world, Elizabeth Crayford

Snow White’s Coffin Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864738882 The Odour of Sanctity Amy Brown Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864738905 Snow White’s Coffin was written when Kate Camp held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Residency from September

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Feminist with a small f, Siobhan Harvey

Walking to Africa  Jessica Le Bas Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9781869404468 Bloodclot Tusiata Avia Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735935 How to Live by the Sea Lynn Davidson Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735997 The Mirror of Simple Annihilated

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Bubble jets of yearning, Murray Bramwell

Dante’s Heaven Jan Kemp Puriri Press, $30.00, ISBN 090894330X Beauty Sleep Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735111 The Gas Leak Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869403568 In the fragile world of poetry publishing it is always

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

If it’s claggy, it must be Wellington, Kim Griggs

Auckland: The city in literature ed Witi Ihimaera Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988362 Dunedin: The city in literature  ed Christine Johnston Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988451 Christchurch: The city in literature ed Anna Rogers Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988427 Wellington:

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Review

The short story of non-fiction, Tony Simpson

When Famous People Come to Town Damien Wilkins On Kissing Kate Camp On Longing Vincent O’Sullivan Four Winds Press, $14.95 each, ISBN 0958237506; 0958237514; 0958237530 Shortly after these little books, none much longer than 50 pages, were published in September

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Essays, Non-fiction, Review

Subliminal euphonies, Cilla McQueen

Realia  Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734204   deep down musical hearts beat for no reason no apparent reason (“Beats”)   I like the sound of Kate Camp. She has an ear for a harmonic beat within the

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Certainties/doubts, Kate Camp

the long road to teatime Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402235 Writing Lives – Ending Silences Mike Minehan Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877161853 I have admired Anna Jackson’s poetry in various journals, and as part of the AUP

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Poem — Kate Camp

Admit one   Cranes like cranes above the city. The city is a poem that says no matter what boat you take you cannot find the boat to take you from yourself to yourself. The man who is part of

See more ›

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Poem
Search by category
Recent issues: subscriber-only access

Subscribe to NZ Books to access the issues above