Author(s): Essa May Ranipiri

NZ Poetry

In ransack, essa may ranapiri addresses the difficulty of assembling and understanding a fractured, unwieldy self through an inherited language - a language whose assumptions and expectations ultimately make it inadequate for such a task. These poems seek richer, less hierarchical sets of words to describe ways of being. Punctuated by a sequence of letters to Virginia Woolf's character Orlando, this immersive collection is about discovering, articulating, and defending - to oneself and to others - what it means to exist outside of the western gender binary, as takatapui. It describes an artist in a state of becoming, moving from Te Kore through Te Po and into the light. This is a significant body of work by a seriously talented writer.


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Longisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards - Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry 2020

General Fields

  • : 9781776562374
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : July 2019
  • : books

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  • : Essa May Ranipiri
  • : Paperback
  • : DC