Author(s): Chris Orsman
The Lakes of Mars is a stunning new collection of poems by Chris Orsman that follow on from his most recent book, South: An Antarctic Journey, a sequence about Captain Scott's final expedition to Antarctica. These new poems are a characteristic mix of thoughtful reflection and precise imagery of landscape and object.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Poetry Category 2009.
"You feel as though the poems themselves have been chiselled from a block of ice, pared down until it is clear that every word left is crisp and necessary." --"The Lumiere Reader"
Chris Orsman's first collection of poetry, Ornamental Gorse (1994), won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. His second book, South: An Antarctic Journey (1996), was shortlisted for the Montana Awards and an expanded edition printed in the UK by Faber in 1999 sold several thousand copies. Chris Orsman was educated in Auckland and Wellington and now lives in Wellington, where his day job is marine security guard driver at the US embassy. A regular judge of literary competitions, he is also a founder of Pemmican Press.