Beauties of the Octagonal Pool by Gregory O’Brien review

By Tim Upperton In Books

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12th May, 2012
“And I was marooned/half way through a poem called/‘Beauties of the octagonal pool’,” writes Gregory O’Brien, in a tender poem to his wife, poet Jenny Bornholdt. Perhaps he stayed marooned, as no poem with that title appears in this, his first poetry collection in seven years. The title is on the cover, though, and it alludes, O’Brien explains in an afternote, to the Waitemata Harbour, which is “definitely not rectangular, but neither is it round; octagonal feels about right”. The book itself is divided into eight sections, one of them also bearing that title, and each section ...

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