Poetry Reviews

Read a selection of recent poetry reviews written by our members and published in our bimonthly magazine a fine line. 

Latest poetry reviews

Adams, John – (AUP, 2011) Reviewed by Laurice Gilbert

Argante, Jenny – Working in the Cracks Between (Ocean Press, 2012) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Bach, Morgan – Some of us eat the seeds (VUP, 2015) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Beautrais, Airini – Flow (VUP, 2017) Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts

Beach, David – Jerusalem Sonnets, Love, Wellington Zoo (VUP, 2015) Reviewed by Barbara Bailey

Bird, Hera Lindsay – Hera Lindsay Bird (VUP, 2016) Reviewed by Paula Harris

Blank, Arapera  – For Someone I Love – A Collection of Writing by Arapera Blank (Anton Blank Ltd, 2015) Reviewed by Anne Curran

Bornholdt, Jenny – Short Poems of New Zealand (VUP, 2018). Reviewed by Jenny Clay

Bush, Rachel – Thought Horses (VUP, 2018) Reviewed by Nicola Easthope

Camp, Kate – The Internet of Things (VUP, 2017) Reviewed by Paula Harris

Chloe, Honum – Then Winter (Bull City Press, 2017) Reviewed by Barbara Bailey

Cooke, Kay McKenzie – Born to a Red-Headed Woman (OUP, 2014) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Dennerstein, Natasha – Anatomize (Norfolk Press, 2015). Reviewed by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Duckor, Jones – People from the Pit Stand Up (VUP, 2018). Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Gallegos, Carina and Jansen, Adrienne – All of Us (Landing Press, 2018). Reviewed by Jenny Clay

Gunson, Vaughan – Big Love Songs (Amazon Kindle ebook, 2016) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Honum, Chloe – The Tulip Flame, (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2014) Reviewed by Barbara Bailey

Horrocks, Roger – Song of the Ghost in the Machine (VUP, 2015) Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts

Harvey, Siobhan – Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) Reviewed by Arielle Walker

Easthope, Nicola – leaving my arms free to fly around you (Steele Roberts, 2011). Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Hunter, Holly – Mimicry 2 (2017) Review by Paula Harris

Jones, Tim – New Sea Land (Submarine, 2016) Reviewed by Bonnie Etherington

Kennedy, Erik – There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime (VUP, 2018). Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Kouzminova, Polina – An echo where you lie (Submarine, 2016) Reviewed by Keith Nunes

Lash, Stephanie – Bird Murder (Makaro Press, 2014) Reviewed by Keith Nunes

Manhire, Bill – Some Things to Place in a Coffin (VUP, 2017) Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts

McQueen, Cilla – In A Slant Light (OUP, 2016) Reviewed by Barbara Bailey

Milford, Robynanne – Aspiring Light (Pukeko Press, 2015). Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Mishra, Sudesh – The Lives Of Coat Hangers (OUP, 2016) Reviewed by Barbara Bailey

McMillan, Maria – Tree Space (Victoria University Press, 2014) Reviewed by Arielle Walker

Leggott, Michele – Heartland, (AUP 2014) Reviewed by Owen Bullock

Leibrich, Julie – A Little Book of Sonnets (Steele Roberts, 2013) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Marshall, Owen – The White Clock: Poems, (University of Otago Press, 2014) Reviewed by Mary Cresswell

Mettner, Hannah – Fully Clothed and So Forgetful (VUP, 2017) Reviewed by Paula Harris

O’Sullivan, Vincent – And so it is (VUP, 2016) Reviewed by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Pirie, Mark – Rock & Roll: Selected Poems in Five Sets (Bareknuckle Poets, 2016) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Prime, Patricia and Beverland, Margaret (eds) – Kokako 21 and Kokako 22. Reviewed by Sue Edwards

Prime, Patricia and Beverland, Margaret (eds) – Kokako 23 and Kokako 25. Reviewed by Sue Edwards

Rapatahana, Vaughan – Atonement (Hong Kong: MCCM Creations & ASM/Flying Island Books, 2015) Reviewed by Maris O’Rourke

Rapatahana, Vaughan – Atonement (Hong Kong: MCCM Creations & ASM/Flying Island Books, 2015) and ternion (Liverpool: erbacce-press, 2017). Reviewed by Nicola Easthope

Rickerby, Helen – Cinema, (Mākaro Press, 2014) Reviewed by Anna Hudson

Ricketts, Harry – Half Dark, (VUP, 2015) Reviewed by Samuel Harris

Simpson, Jane – A world without maps (Interactive Press, 2016) Reviewed by Fiona Farrell

Smither, Elizabeth – Night Horse (AUP, 2017) Reviewed by Paula Harris

Tse, Chris – He’s So MASC (AUP, 2018) Reviewed by Paula Harris

Wallace, Louise – Enough  (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2013) Reviewed by N.J. Mauchline

Wilson, Sugar Magnolia – Because a Woman’s Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean (AUP, 2019) Reviewed by Stella Carruthers

Zelas, Karen – I am Minerva (Submarine, 2016) Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

Zelas, Karen – The Trials of Minnie Dean: A verse biography (Mākaro Press, 2017) Reviewed by Helen Anderson