As bach doors open on moana and moorland, the deep-sea currents bring languages of faraway and words from the foreshore.
Poems in the collection Rawahi travel on emotional and linguistic voyages to make aroha from the movements between people and places. Intersecting journeys are woven together with memory in poetry which carries with it oral traditions, narrative, ancestory-telling and waka of whakapapa. These sky-borne sea lines are inspired by earthly encounters.
Longlisted for Ockhams NZ Book Awards Poetry Prize 2018
Briar Wood grew up in South Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She lived and worked as a lecturer in Britain until 2012, where she published poetry, fiction and essays. Returning to Northland places, where her Te Hikutu ki Hokianga, Ngapuhi Nui whakapaka resonates with ecological concerns, she now combines travel, occasional lecturing and a focus on writing.