Sol

Author(s): Andrew Johnston

NZ Poetry

Solitude, solace, consolationÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
sun in its onlyness

ÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂàare some of the motifs that play through Andrew JohnstonÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs marvellous new collection, illuminating with humour and curiosity the ways we link language, loss, history and memory. At the heart of Sol are two major poems. Les Baillessats is a relaxed, sun-filled poem to his newborn son. 'The Sunflower', an elegy for his father, is a technically dazzling double sestina, and a grave extended meditation on death, family and religious faith and was recently published in 'The Listener'.

One young bloom in a vase or jar, breath-
takingly yellow. And her
hands, in the morning light, the way
they arrange and rearrange. Death
brings lilies, but someone has sent a sunflower:
this is our penance, staring at the sun,
its blind eye, its ragged halo.
from 'The Sunflower'

First published 2007

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General Fields

  • : 9780864735492
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : February 2007
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andrew Johnston
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 821.914
  • : 87