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“… I still don’t own any original words to explain our story, and all that will undo.”

Elizabeth’s father took his own life in 2012. Unable to find words of her own to write about what had happened, she has taken them from Twelve Angry Men and the Government’s ‘Fact Sheet 4 – Suicide and Self-Harm’. From this limited dictionary come poems that are by turns mournful, angry and searching. The cumulative effect is surprising in its narrative drive and cathartic power.



Publisher: The Cuba Press
Published: 2019
Dimensions: 148 x 210mm
Number of pages: 70
Binding: soft cover


Available from all New Zealand independent book stores and Paper Plus stores and online at The Cuba Press.