Introduction: Bubbles and fragments. Prelude: The girl in the drop-hem dress, whose mother is stung by a bee. Arrhythmia: Sunrise | Pohutukawa | Yellow | Tulips and chimney | Coffee date | Ends and means | Flat shoes are made for walking | Winter in Alaska | While the moon howls | Joel's knickers | No pleasing Theresa | He loves me, he loves me not | Virtuose | Staying in bed | The good intentions of angels | Shoe museum | On a cerulean day | Self-portrait in the style of Juan Gris | Anonymous in a fiction of bricks | Salutation | Perigee | Daughters of the air. Severance: The possum hunt | Held fast | Settlement | Aren't caped crusaders bulletproof? | Leaving here | Le jour du jugement-Toulon 1793 | Serving a subpoena in the outback | The truth of it | The bridge on a rainy Tuesday night | Advance of the cane toads | Saving Daisy | BREAKING: Powerful quake jolts Kermadecs | Come with me to Dunkirk | Scales: An assimilation of Val Plumwood. Elasticity: Stigmeology | The auburn trail | When plump berries fall | Rationalists wear square hats | Towards apostasy | My father bought an apple orchard | Making our way home | The ghost of my father | Mount Alpha | A dog called Mana | The theory of elasticity | Slang | The ticket | Duchesses don't cry | Thin places | Use three-dimensional characters.
Kathy Derrick and Jac Jenkins grew up on a dairy farm near Maungatapere, New Zealand. They both now live in the Far North, where Jac's chickens pretend they are poets, and Kathy's cat's attempts at writing are promptly deleted. Both graduated with Masters degrees in creative writing within twelve months of each other and their work has appeared in various periodicals, anthologies, blogs and websites. This is their first collection.
"Two clever sisters ... construct brief, extremely pithy fables concerning separation and regeneration. Their joint imaginations run amok in this conjuring trick of a collection - at times wicked bitch brutal, at other times fairy modmother magical. But always superbly crafted nuggets of hypnogogia.He pukapuka iti rawa." - Vaughan Rapatahana