Offering a rich harvest of recent poems, this collection displays the wit, intellectual agility, and arresting beauty for which the author is renowned. This anthology is full of stories that confront personal subjects as well as broader topics-family, friendship, death, war, and the repeating patterns of life itself. Giving a mature voice to their genre, these pieces go beyond the colloquial and experiment with semantics and puzzles to achieve a unique type of aesthetic.
Vincent O'Sullivan is a former professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington and at the University of Waikato. He is the author of the novels Believers to the Bright Coast and Let the River Stand; the poetry collections Blame Vermeer, Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1999-2008, Lucky Table, and Seeing You Asked; and Long Journey to the Border, a biography of John Mulgan. He is the coeditor of The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield, and he has edited several major anthologies.