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'His poetry is bright, confident and compelling. ' - Otago Daily Times

A stunning collection of poems from one of New Zealand's most respected writers.

David Eggleton wrote of Marshall’s poetry in the New Zealand Listener that, ‘Above all, the poems are redolent of the South Island – all wild winds and dry hills, sleepy summer afternoons, the shimmer of light on lakes, snow like whitewash on the Alps.’ In addition his poetry captures the voice and perspective of the South Island, whether it is contemplating family or friends, love or mortality, the local landscape or further afield, through place or time.

This collection brings together Marshall’s most powerful poetry from his previous three collections with many more recent works. They are complemented by photographs taken by his friend and fellow Mainlander Grahame Sydney.

‘They are an exquisite marriage of musicality, observation, elegance and economy. Certain words stand out in his lines like the glint of light on wet ground.’ - Paula Green, New Zealand Herald.

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Read the poems being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 9 August 2018

Also by Owen Marshall

Love as a Stranger
Carnival Sky
The Larnachs
Living As a Moon
A Many Coated Man
Sojourn in Arles
Essential New Zealand Short Stories
Harlequin Rex


yesterday i was the moon
Fish In A Tree
The Cleaner
John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister
Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Whale Rider
The Ode Less Travelled
The Denniston Rose
Once Were Warriors
Gabriel's Bay
Catch Me When You Fall
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Maori at Home
Sleeps Standing
Decline and Fall on Savage Street
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Suicide Club
Flight Path
The Earth Cries Out