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This is the third book in AUP's New Poets series, which began in 1999 and has launched an oustanding range of poets. The new poets in this third volume, Janis Freegard, Katherine Liddy and Reihana Robinson, all have vastly different yet complementary styles. Freegard writes quirky and often surreal poems about a Wellington inhabited with strange animals, art and people; the humorous prose poem is a favourite vehicle but there are also serious, luminous moments in this selection, called 'The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider and Other Tales. Liddy is a promising young poet with an unusual interest in and ear for rhyme and rhythm. While some of her poems are texturally dense she has an impressive range and there is a pleasing variety in her selection, 'Artefacts Exhibiting Love', which is ordered chronologically from the Bronze Age to the space age. Finally, Robinson's poems are tropical but gritty, set as many of them are on Pitcairn Island 'A Hum for Pitkern' is her strong centrepiece - and elsewhere in the Pacific. She intersperses touching lyrics about family and identity with sharper poems written in a fractured English.
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Table of Contents

Contents include: 1. Janis Freegard : The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider and Other Tales -- Mr Li's Spectacles -- Cafe Tales -- Lament of an Old Punk -- The Liking -- City Living -- Task -- Family Day at the Seaside -- Coping with Terracotta -- Animal Tales -- The Last Great Beehive in Willis Street -- Anemone -- Little Blue -- Trichotillomania -- The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider: A selection -- Alice in the eighties: The Wellington Years -- Alice Does It -- Alice Goes To An Art Gallery -- Alice goes to the Cemetery -- Alice and the Grocery Shopping -- Alice Spider discovers Surrealism -- Alice Gets Away from it all. 2. Katherine Liddy: Artefacts Exhibiting Love -- Bronze Age Fairytale -- Minotaur -- Dido on Aeneas -- Want -- Delphi -- Hysterical Abbess, Remiront 1566 -- The Painter's Wife -- Victorian Letters -- Incident in the Tournament of Shadows -- Day of the Defence of the Fatherland -- Insomniac -- Young Couple Before the Abortion -- Perfume Ad -- Out of Sight -- Swallow -- 'The Rainbow Connection' 3. Reihana Robinson: Waiting for the Palangi -- Thinking of my Father -- Humility -- Pour ma maman -- Noa Noa makes breakfast ... -- Will there be no Great Thai restaurants -- Discard the World... -- Missing -- Waiting for the Palangi -- elevator ride -- Waiting for the Palangi (Part 2) -- A Hum for Pitkern -- Truth Lies in all latitudes -- Malediction -- M(alaise) -- Fait Accompli -- "Huzzah for Otaheite" -- Hors de combat -- Tama-ki-te-Rangi -- Queensland Star -- Flume -- A Close Shave -- Taxa-tortoise -- Lub-be -- Denouement.

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About the Author

Janis Freegard was born in South Shields, England, but has lived in New Zealand most of her life. She has a science degree from The University of Auckland, with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington. Her work was included in AUP New Poets 3 (2008) and, also a prose writer, she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield short story competition in 2001.

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