Shortlisted for the 2017 Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize. Shortlisted for the 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection. The poems in this first collection by New Zealand poet John Dennison are concerned, above all, with love, and with the strange, unlooked-for manner of its appearances among us. Marked by emotional acuity and formal deftness, Otherwise draws us into confrontations with our equivocal and finite nature. The book includes, among other elegies, a moving sequence for Seamus Heaney. Here too, because 'some things bear repeating', are moments of turning, of grace and our refusals. This is a moving and thought-provoking collection from an assured new voice.
John Dennison was born in Sydney in 1978. He grew up in Tawa, New Zealand and studied English literature at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago. Having recently completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews, he now lives with his family in Wellington.
Errata 11Crookes' Radiometer 12Lone Kauri (reprise) 13Northwards 14The Call 15To Keep Warm Inside 16The Garden 17Nocturne 18Clarities 19Sleepers 20Promissory 21Tawa 22Pitched 23Psalm 24Source to Sea 25Watermarks 26Soaked 28Blackbird 29Catechesis, St Andrews 30TriptychI Grace Note 32II Postcard 33III Touch and Go 34Fallen Oak 35To a Cousin 36Reed 37Crossing 38The Manner of Your Leaving 40The House was Full 42A Brief History of the Sign 43House Concert in the Shadowlands 44The Immanent Frame 45After Geering 47On Climate Change 49Ecce 50Seeing it Through 55There's One Straight Out of the Box 56This Just One Thing 60The Extra Mile 61