Eight years after her last, prize-winning, collection with AUP, ""The Lark Quartet"", this is a new book of poems from a major poet. It is full of the stuff of daily life, fizzing with personalities, alive with incidents and travelling from New Plymouth to Paris and back again. There is a wedding, a birth, several deaths and funerals as well as glimpses of Walter Raleigh, Fats Waller, Elizabeth Bennet, a car, a bicycle and a horse playing an accordion. Smither's eye for unexpected likenesses, her verbal playfulness, her distinctive wit and style are everywhere apparent. The book ends with a delightful sequence of 'little Parisian poems' revelling in small details of that city and finishing, 'Au revoir, bonne journee'.
ELIZABETH SMITHER has written four novels, four books of short stories and fourteen books of poetry. She has twice won the major award for New Zealand poetry and was 2002 Te Mata Poet Laureate. She has held creative writing fellowships and was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Auckland.