Author(s): Anne Kennedy
This unique collection both longs for and resists the North. In storytelling couplets, the title poem engages with a woman’s past as she looks outward from the shores of the Hokianga harbor in New Zealand. Other poems also explore present and future, dislocation and migration, north and south, and Earth and paradise. Separate and various in tone and form, these narrative poems are a joy to read.
POETRY CATEGORY WINNER - NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013
What the judges said: "This book is indeed a taonga, a treasure. It opens its heart to the Pacific and we judges all opened our hearts to it. There's erudition here, worn ever so lightly, sometimes in comic disguise. There's the satisfaction of entering a beautifully structured narrative, the experience of energy gathering as poem follows poem, and then the brilliance of the finale, Hello Kitty Goodbye Piccadilly. We salute the ambition of this work."
Anne Kennedy is an award-winning writer of fiction, film scripts and poetry. She weaves many influences and images into her writing including music, art, film and her Catholic upbringing, all underpinned by a wry humour and a sparkling imagination. Long known for the poetic qualities of her fiction, she turned to her hand to poetry in 2003 with the sequence Sing-song, which was named Poetry Book of the Year at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Kennedy followed up this success with The Time of the Giants in 2005, which was shortlisted at the 2005 book awards. Anne Kennedy currently lives and teaches creative writing in Hawai'i.
The Darling North -- Hands On: A Handbook -- The Wedding Ring Lost to the Sea and Other Stories -- Forty Years of Habitation -- Lostling and Foundling -- My Carbon Gaze -- Hello Kitty, Goodbye Piccadilly.