Origins

This essay first appeared on Newsroom under the title 'How to write about a father’s suicide' on February 12, 2020: In 2012 when I was four months pregnant and still doubled over with morning sickness, I lost my father. Isn’t that vague, as if I wore him out on a cold morning, put him down … Continue reading Origins

Book Review: Aspiring Daybook, by Annabel Wilson

Originally reviewed for Booksellers NZ, reprinted in 'English in Aotearoa, Issue 96, May 2019 In Aspiring Daybook by Annabel Wilson,  Elsie Winslow returns home to live with her father, Simon, and help care for her terminally ill brother, Sam.  Her former lover Frank lives nearby. We share in Elsie’s life for a year through this … Continue reading Book Review: Aspiring Daybook, by Annabel Wilson

Book Review: Walking to Jutland Street, by Michael Steven

Originally reviewed for Booksellers NZ, reprinted in 'English in Aotearoa, Issue 96, May 2019 I met Michael Steven in person before I met him in his poetry.  I was attending a poetry workshop and Steven was seemingly able to hold and recall random poets, poems, even languages at will.  I can’t even recall the author … Continue reading Book Review: Walking to Jutland Street, by Michael Steven

Book Review: There’s No Place Like The Internet in Springtime, by Erik Kennedy

Reviewed for Booksellers NZ, a version first published on 16 April 2019 Poets like to say that content is form and form is content. It gets said enough to be true, but reading Erik Kennedy’s There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime reminded me that to the average reader (and I’m not sure how … Continue reading Book Review: There’s No Place Like The Internet in Springtime, by Erik Kennedy