Monday 27 February 2023 10:00am
'The feeling that evolves from the poems – the emotion a reader might respond with – is part of that unique attention that for me is so immediate, and then so resonant.' —Vincent O'Sullivan
At the Point of Seeing is the extraordinary debut collection from Ōtepoti Dunedin poet Megan Kitching. Poised, richly observant and deftly turned, Kitching's poems bestow a unique attention upon the world. Her eye is finely attuned to the well-trodden yet overlooked – the places between 'dirt and thumb' or 'together and alone' – and especially the weedy, overgrown and pest-infested places where the human impulses to name, control and colonise meet nature's life force and wild exuberance. These compelling poems urge the reader to slow down and give space to the living, moving, breathing environment that surrounds them.
… the garden
is making something of you, situated on
the border of dirt and thumb, the corner
with its stepover wall where two streets
grow neighbourly and flora and animal meet.
— from 'Growing Advice'
Megan Kitching was born in Tāmaki Makarau Auckland and now lives in Ōtepoti Dunedin. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Queen Mary University, London, looking at the influence of the natural sciences on eighteenth-century poetry. She has taught English and creative writing in the UK and at the University of Otago. Her poetry has appeared in The Frogmore Papers (UK), takahē, Poetry New Zealand, and Landfall. “The horses,” published in takahē 95, was nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020. In 2021, she was the inaugural Caselberg Trust Elizabeth Brooke-Carr Emerging Writer Resident. At the Point of Seeing is her debut collection.
Paperback, 230 x 150mm
ISBN 9781990048562, $25
IN-STORE: 22 June 2023
Review and Interviews
Interview: Megan Kitching speaks to Jeff Harford on Write Spot, OAR FM, about At the Point of Seeing Listen
Review:'In her tenderly written, quietly powerful debut collection, At the Point of Seeing, Megan Kitching highlights the complex inter-relationships between the environment and people, and between people and people.' – Linda Collins reviews At the Point of Seeing by Megan Kitching for Aotearoa NZ Review of Books Read
Interview:"Poems often carry that small injunction to be attentive, to notice and appreciate things we might otherwise miss. This doesn't need to be a grand epiphany in the wilderness. We are already part of nature and so the daily business of living can remind us of those connections and of other lives like the weeds under our feet. I very much hope these poems can be such reminders for readers." – Megan Kitching speaks to Kete Books Read
Review: "A precisely-written, and precisely-felt collection that is both rooted in the past, yet made for our times" – Laura Williamson for 1964 Magazine (Issue 15 Spring 2023)
Extract: 'Cold Fushion' from At the Point of Seeing in the NZ Listener (July 8–14 2023)
Interview: Megan Kitching speaks to Ruth Tood on Bookenz, Plains FM Listen
Review: Nicholas Reid reviews At the Point of Seeing for the NZ Listener Read