Monday 31 August 2020 9:53am
Far from dead, our ghosts live within us always …
Poet Siobhan Harvey’s latest collection is about migration, outcasts, the search for home, and the ghosts we live with, including the ones who occupy our memories, ancestries and stories.
It begins in a contemporary inner-city suburb where a poet starts to chart the regeneration she witnesses, its difficulties and opportunities. Along the way, the collection moves across time-zones, oceans and continents, breaking down personal and political walls, and unleashing ghosts everywhere.
Ultimately, Ghosts is a work concerned with dislocation, rejection, homelessness, family trauma and how we can give voice to the lost souls inside us all.
From reviews of Cloudboy:
Harvey is a prodigiously talented poet … – Patricia Prime, takahē
Few if any New Zealand poetry collections have been so focused, nor so secure in that
focus. Cloudboy is a book that takes great risks but confronts those risks with courage and
unflinching honesty. – James Norcliffe, Landfall
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SIOBHAN HARVEY is the author of eight books, including Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award winning Cloudboy (OUP, 2014) and co-editor of the bestselling Essential New Zealand Poems (Godwit, 2014). Her poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction have featured in prominent international journals and numerous international and local anthologies, including Arcadian Rustbelt: Poets emerging 1980–1995 (forthcoming) and Feminist Divine: Voices of power and invisibility (Cyren US, 2020). She has won and been shortlisted for a number of poetry competitions, and the Poetry Archive (UK) holds a ‘Poet’s Page’ devoted to her work. Harvey is a lecturer in creative writing at AUT.
Paperback, 230 x 150mm, 112pp
ISBN 9781988592985, $27.50
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