Asking what the word 'spirit' means for those who do not believe in an afterlife, these rich, courageous poems are above all enigmatic. The central poem, 'Kevin', suggests that in the absence of God, artists must be the ones to elevate the soul and provide hope and wonder through their work.
Bill Manhire is director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington and the author of "121 New Zealand Poems," "Doubtful Sounds, "and "Under the Influence."
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