The Year of the Bicycle

Author(s): James Brown


In the year of the bicycle, James Brown cycled to the International Institute of Modern Letters every morning to work as the Victoria University Writer in Residence, and in the weekends took to the hills. These exuberant, intelligent poems are the result.


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Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Poetry Category 2007.

"Sharing a name with a famous US soul singer is apt as Brown [the poet] certainly writes in a funky, upbeat style. If his work continues to meet the high standard shown in "The Year of the Bicycle," future generations could be referring to him as Wellington's Godfather of Soul-poetry." --"The Wellingtonian"

James Brown's first collection of poems, Go Round Power Please, won Best First Book in the 1996 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. The Year of the Bicycle is his fourth. He has been awarded the Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary, the University of Canterbury Writing Fellowship, and the Sargeson Fellowship. His poems have been widely published in magazines in both New Zealand and Australia. He is a past winner of the Takahe Poetry Competition and a former Editor of the literary magazine Sport. He lives in Wellington with his partner and two daughters.

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  • : 9780864735249
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : March 2006
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

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  • : James Brown
  • : Hardback
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