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Outstanding new poetry collection by one of New Zealand's leading writers.

It's been 30 years since Dame Fiona Kidman's first book of poems was published, and now she is back with another, perfectly timed for her 70th birthday in March 2010. There has been renewed interest in her poetry since the recent publication of her memoirs, and this exquisitely packaged collection will not disappoint. Ranging over wide territory, from imagining her Irish grandmothers' arrival in New Zealand, to wearing Katherine Mansfield's shawl, to time spent in Greece and in her garden, the poems are by turns tender and funny, candid and brave. They bear all the hallmarks of Kidman's writing: acute observation, a telling eye for detail, a wry humour and great empathy.
"Superb poetry. A truly lovely little book." Metro


This book is a treasure, in all senses of the word. The poetry is rich and personal and evocative. It resonates with the depth of passion and commitment of good poetry. The poems are a storehouse of family jewels and valued friends, mostly women.This is a significant publication for Dame Fiona, and was released on her 70th birthday – her gift to New Zealand readers. It's also what you buy to commemorate the best in print publishing, what you hold up in the air to the incoming barrage of digital publishers and say "OK, but you can't beat this in the beauty stakes".

Jessica Le Bas, Nelson Mail

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    March 5, 2010

    RHNZ Godwit

    128 pages

    RRP $36.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
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Also by Fiona Kidman

All Day at the Movies
This Change in the Light
The House Within
Songs from the Violet Cafe
The Best of Fiona Kidman's Short Stories
The Infinite Air
The Book of Secrets
Paddy's Puzzle
A Needle in the Heart
Ricochet Baby
A Breed of Women
The Trouble With Fire
True Stars
Beside The Dark Pool
At the End of Darwin Road
The Captive Wife


Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Ode Less Travelled
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Abandoned Settlements
The Bone Flowers
A Sackful of Limericks
Selected Poems
Blue Laws
Of Love and Desire
Talking Dead
Made In Detroit
Deep Lane
Meanjin First Edition
Elegy For A Broken Machine
The Days of Surprise
Human Work