Dream Fish Floating

Author(s): Karlo Mila

NZ Poetry

where the free market meets the fleamarket it's all keynesian mystical

Karlo Mila’s voice travels from urban Aotearoa to Tonga and Samoa via friendships and family relationships. In this first collection of poetry she explores the intergenerational tensions between migration and returning, the new and the traditional, the emergent professional classes and their working-class migrant communities of origin. The poems take delight in language itself and the possibilities afforded by a Tongan–Samoan–Maori–Palangi fusion. Dream Fish Floating is a polyglot chanting back to genealogical and literary bones. It is also a meditation on friendship, family and love.


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Winner of New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards: Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry 2006.

"A dynamic and absolutely compelling reflection of the cultural and linguistic fusion that Aotearoa and the Pacific is now." - Albert Wendt

Karlo Mila is of Tongan/Palangi descent. Born in New Zealand in 1974, she grew up in Palmerston North and now lives in Auckland. Karlo has a MSW (Applied) in Social Work but credits the development of her writing to taking a creative writing class taught by Albert Wendt. She has been writing poetry since she was nine. Karlo's poems have been published in a number of anthologies including: Pacific Anthology (Coffee and Coconuts ); Short Fuse: Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry; Whetu Moana edited by Albert Wendt; Creative NZ collection First Draft;

General Fields

  • : 9781869691288
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : October 2007
  • : New Zealand
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 821.3
  • : 153
  • : Karlo Mila
  • : Paperback