Book Review: Back Before You Know by Murray Edmonds

Reviewed for Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020, first published in March 2020: Back Before You Know stands out from other New Zealand poetry book of the last year both in its physical and poetic forms. Physically it’s a beautiful little book, appearing handmade and wrapped in card. Compound Press, who print and bind books in … Continue reading Book Review: Back Before You Know by Murray Edmonds

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