Islands

By David Eggleton In Uncategorized

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19th February, 2005
Poetry aspires to the condition of the aphorism, to charged observations, preferably offered with a musical lilt. As in conversation, tone is everything: it's all in the way you say it. Eleven collections by 11 New Zealand poets, published during the latter half of 2004, demonstrate this. Self-dramatising, these bards offer us angles, selected excerpts, edited highlights on themselves that help illuminate the world, or possibly interchangeable worlds. These are poets as moral actors voicing concerns and dilemmas; they are conscience-stricken purchasers, harassed homemakers, debonair lovers, ...

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