One Shapely Thing: Poems and Journals
Dinah Hawken's new book is a bold and innovative extension of her previous work. At its heart is a collection of superb new poems. To them, Dinah Hawken has added two prose journals: the first covering the month immediately after 9/11 when she remained in Wellington while her husband traveled to work at the UN in New York; the second when they were together in Geneva in early 2002 as the US response took shape. The result is to demonstrate much more clearly how her poetry is drawn from her life in both a public and global sense, and to draw together in fascinating new ways her characteristic themes of personal responsibility and social justice, and of living in and with Nature.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Poetry Category 2007.
Dinah Hawken was born in Hawera in 1943 and now lives in Wellington. She trained as a physiotherapist, psychotherapist and social worker in New Zealand and the United States and has worked as a student counsellor at Victoria University. She is the author of four previous books - It Has No Sound and Is Blue, which won the 1987 Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 'Best First Time Published Poet', Small Stories of Devotion, Water, Leaves, Stones and her most recent book, Oh There You Are Tui (2001) which collects the majority of the poems from her earlier books along with a substantial group of new poems.