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The Wilder Years

Monday 31 August 2020 11:37am

Selected poems

David Eggleton

The book

Eggleton front mediumWhat is invariably terrific in Eggleton’s poetry is not only the relish of his attack, but the flash of lyric underwing colour as he dives on his prey. – IAN WEDDE

David Eggleton, Poet Laureate of Aotearoa 2019–21, has published nine poetry collections, and now, finally, comes a ‘Best Of ’.

The Wilder Years: Selected Poems is a hardback compendium of the poet’s own selection from 35 years of published work, together with a handful of new poems.

Cover art by Nigel Brown.

Reviews & Interviews

Review: Michael Steven for kete

Review: Liz Breslin for 1964

Review: Hamish Wyatt for the Otago Daily Times

About David Eggleton’s poetry:

Eggleton’s word-blasts remain consistently gratifying. His poetry’s ... endlessly imaginative, it’s funny, [and] intellectually rewarding … Every poem is a snapshot of the culture in action. – NICK ASCROFT

Vital, elastic, expertly handled language in a Pacific voice of cultural and musical sensibility, poetry to be spoken aloud or in-the-mind. – CILLA McQUEEN

… vivid, fizzy and smart. – GRANT SMITHIES

The author

DAVID EGGLETON received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in poetry in 2016, the year The Conch Trumpet won the Poetry Award at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The following year he was the recipient of the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency. For eight years (2009–17) David was editor of Landfall, New Zealand’s pre-eminent journal of arts and letters.

Publication details

Hardback with ribbon, 220 x 170mm, 314pp
ISBN 9781988592619, $40
IN-STORE: APRIL 2021