ISBN: 978 1 927322 65 9
After establishing a poetic presence on the literary scene in the early 1960s, Dunedin’s Alan Roddick published his first collection, 'The Eye Corrects: Poems 1955–1965', in 1967. A mere 49 years later comes the sequel, 'Getting it Right'. Poet C.K. Stead writes in 'Shelf Life' (AUP, 2016) that he has always been 'a great admirer of the economy and the quiet, sharp wit of [Roddick’s] writing ... Alan Roddick is a "cool" poet, a temperament that seems reserved, controlled, decent, funny and intelligent; a craftsman not a showman, with a fine musical ear, whose work is dependable and of the highest order. And as well as witty and clever work, there are poems that catch moments of deep feeling; and equally of exhilaration, such as the ten-year-old Alan standing up on the seat, his head through the sunroof of his father’s car that is cruising downhill, ‘pushing 40’ with the engine off to save petrol, "drunk with the scent of heather and whin / that airy silence ..." Alan Roddick is writing as well as any New Zealand poet currently at work on the scene. It is wonderful to have him back – something to celebrate!'
ISBN: 978 1 877578 05 2
Charles Brasch (1909–1973) was the founder and first editor of Landfall, New Zealand’s premier journal of literature and ideas. Born in Dunedin, he grew up to be at home in the literature, art and architecture of Europe, but returned to devote his life to the arts in his own country – as editor, critic, collector and patron. Brasch’s vocation, however, was to be a poet. As he said in his memoir Indirections, in writing poems he ‘discovered New Zealand … because New Zealand lived in me as no other country could live, part of myself as I was part of it, the world I breathed and wore from birth, my seeing and my language.’ This selection shows his journey of discovery, as Charles Brasch learned by reading poets such as Rilke, W.B. Yeats and Robert Graves to find his own voice as ‘a citizen of the English language’. It is presented as a beautifully bound cased edition.