Getting it Right: Poems 1968-2015
"After establishing a poetic presence on the literary scene in the early 1960s, Dunedins Alan Roddick published his first collection, The Eye Corrects: Poems 19551965, in 1967. A mere 49 years later comes the sequel, Getting it Right. Writes C.K. Stead: I was a great admirer of the economy and the quiet, sharp wit of his writing Alan Roddick is a cool poet, a temperament that seems reserved, controlled, decent, funny and intelligent; a craftsman not a showman, with a fine musical ear, whose work is dependable and of the highest order. And as well as witty and clever work, there are poems that catch moments of deep feeling; and equally of exhilaration, such as the ten-year-old Alan standing up on the seat, his head through the sunroof of his fathers car that is cruising downhill, pushing 40 with the engine off to save petrol, drunk with the scent of heather and whin / that airy silence Alan Roddick is writing as well as any New Zealand poet currently at work on the scene. It is wonderful to have him back something to celebrate!"