Author(s): Lynley Edmeades
In this original second collection, Lynley Edmeades turns her attention to ideas of sound, listening and speech.
Listening In is full of the verbal play and linguistic experimentation that characterised her first collection, but it also shows the poet pushing the form into new territories. Her poems show, often sardonically, how language can be undermined: linguistic registers are rife with uncertainties, ambiguities and accidental comedy. She shuffles and reshuffles statements and texts, and assumes multiple perspectives with the skill of a ventriloquist. These poems probe political rhetoric and linguistic slippages with a sceptical eye, and highlight the role of listening or the errors of listening in everyday communication.
Longisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards - Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry 2020