Author(s): Johanna Aitchison
This playful and twisty two-part harmony begins with the Miss Dust sequence, featuring the eponymous protagonist: mother, child, teacher, cheater, lover, liver, dreamer and enthusiastic coffee drinker. It concludes with more wide-ranging poems with the same mixture of the bleak and funny, and Aitchison’s trademark inventive and frequently surreal use of language.
Miss Dust is an exciting development in the work of an original poetic voice.
Johanna Aitchison originally trained as a lawyer but, on a whim, quit her job to become a writer. She has an MA in creative writing from Victoria University, was the Massey University Writer in Residence in 2012, and in August she heads to Iowa to take up a two-month residency at the renowned international writers programme.
Her 2007 collection A Long Girl Ago (VUP) was shortlisted for best book of poetry in 2008.