Through Slip Stream, Paula Green is interested in how to balance a challenging experience against the continuation of everyday life, and proposes small distractions and coping strategies: solving cryptic crossword puzzles, for example, the mock-clues of which are scattered through the poems. Making up a fluid, intensely felt narrative, these poems are untitled and mostly short, charting time passing and seasons turning by procedures done, books read, appointments made, food cooked and dreams dreamed. The language used is deceptively simple, but the poems speak to each other by these links, tricks and coping games. Though clearly deriving from Green's own experiences of surviving breast cancer, the sequence is not a simple, therapeutic record of true happenings but a carefully crafted collection after the fact, contrasting 'she doesn't try to make poetry out of her experience' against 'but keeps a diary like a scrap basket, just in case'. Slip Stream is both a moving but uplifting book about a experience with cancer and a writer's thoughtful exploration of how life may (or may not) be expressed in words. AUP's reader called it 'a brave and healing book full of pleasures'.
Paula Green has published two previous collections of poetry, Cookhouse and Chrome. She has just completed a doctoral thesis on 20th-century Italian women writers. She lives in West Auckland with her partner, painter Michael Hight, and family.