Poetry Reviews

Poetry Micro-reviews

Read a selection of poetry micro-reviews written by students for the New Zealand Poetry Society website.

Ascroft, Nick – Moral Sloth (VUP, 2019). Reviewed by Rachel Lewis

Beautrais, Airini – Dear Neil Roberts (VUP, 2014). Reviewed by Gabrielle McCulloch

Bornholdt, Jenny – Lost and Somewhere Else (VUP, 2019). Reviewed by Lily Holloway

Cresswell, Mary – Fish Stories (CUP, 2015). Reviewed by Maia Armistead

Davidson, John – Soundings of Hellas (Steele Roberts, 2015). Reviewed by Molly Crighton

Jansen, Adrienne – More of Us (Landing Press, 2019). Reviewed by Anuja Mitra

Jansen, Adrienne – Keel & Drift (Landing Press, 2019). Reviewed by Roisin Kenny

Johnston, Andrew – Fits & Starts (VUP, 2016). Reviewed by Jonathan Gill

Harlow, Michael – Nothing for it but to Sing (OUP, 2016). Reviewed by Molly Crighton

Morton, Elizabeth – This is your real name (OUP, 2020). Reviewed by Molly Crighton

Norcliffe, James – Dark Days at the Oxygen Café (VUP, 2016). Reviewed by Alex Lister

Reeve, Richard – Generation Kitchen (OUP, 2015). Reviewed by Molly Crighton

Rickerby, Helen – How to Live (AUP, 2019). Reviewed by Xiaole Zhan

Sharpe, Kerrin P. – Rabbit Rabbit (VUP, 2016). Reviewed by Malia Denny

Wallace, Louise – Bad Things (VUP, 2017). Reviewed by Molly Crighton

Warner, Kirsten – Mitochondrial Eve (Auckland: Compound Press, 2018). Reviewed by Gayle Brownlee

Wilson, Annabel – Aspiring Daybook: The Diary of Elsie Winslow (Wellington: Submarine, 2018). Reviewed by Gaylee Brownlee

Poetry Reviews

Read a selection of poetry reviews written and published in our quarterly magazine, a fine line. 

Adams, John – Briefcase (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

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

Easthope, Nicola – Working the Tang (The Cuba Press, 2018). Reviewed by Joseph Robinson

Eggleton, David – The Conch Trumpet (OUP, 2015). Reviewed by Thomas Hamill

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

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

Jackson, Anna – Pasture and Flock (AUP, 2018). Reviewed by Paula Harris

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

Kennedy, Anne – Moth Hour (AUP, 2019) + Neale, Emma – To the Occupant (OUP, 2019) + Slaughter, Tracey – Conventional Weapons (VUP, 2019). Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana

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, Stefanie – Bird Murder (Mākaro 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

Miller, Alice – The Limits (AUP, 2014). Reviewed by Thomas Hamill

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

McMillan, Maria – Tree Space (VUP, 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

Ridge, Lola – Verses (Quale Press, 2019). Reviewed by Lynne Street

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

Simpson, Jane – Tuning Wordsworth’s Piano (Interactive Publications, 2019). Reviewed by Kay McKenzie Cooke

Simpson, Sandra + Beverland, Margaret (eds) – number eight wire (Piwakawaka Press, 2019). Reviewed by Vanessa Proctor

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

Tibble, Tayi – Poūkahangatus (VUP, 2018). Reviewed by Stella Carruthers

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

Wallace, Louise – Enough (VUP, 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