Taking my jacket for a walk

Author(s): OLDS, Peter
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780473389918

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"Today, it's the jacket's turn to take me for a walk instead of the dog." In this new collection, Dunedin's unofficial but authentic poet laureate--between revisiting 1950s childhood and destroying a stadium--encounters Basho returning from a hike on Mount Cargill, imagines Robert Falcon Scott's last night in Dunedin, and asks the Occasional Big Question: "Childishly I ask for a sign: / a sign of some sort to show the way clear, /a path that might lead to some meaningful place."Reviewing YOU FIT THE DESCRIPTION, Peter Olds's selected poems (Cold Hub Press, 2014), Bill Direen wrote: "[H]is is a poetry of steady reflection upon people and things, the material world about him and those funny, delightful and doomed souls that once made Dunedin a city of 'psychiatric clinics, pubs and bookstores' ...The years have taught Peter Olds how to reveal humanity by means of simple enough tools: his engaging voice, acumen, a gesture or a phrase isolated and noted, evocation of the scene, control of the pause, and humour." "Peter Olds's poems are often moving and gruelling for their honesty about both the euphoria and the aftermath of pushing oneself to the edge of experience. They're often vivid, visual, social realist and darkly wry pictures of New Zealand city and town life. They can give the impression of being spontaneous photographs, apparently casually documentary. And yet the more you re-read them, the clearer it is that they are carefully, consciously framed. Laced throughout with a redemptive wit and humour, they are frank about workers', bohemians' and beneficiaries' struggles with institutions, conformity, urban disconnection and alienation; and frank about the tenuous grip many New Zealanders have, post welfare state reforms, on basic comforts and human rights: health, shelter, community, a place to stand and belong." --Emma Neale Peter Olds was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1944. He left school at sixteen and after meeting James K. Baxter in Dunedin in the 1960s, began writing poetry. He was a Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago in 1978. In 2005 he was an inaugural recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry. He lives in Dunedin. His previously published collections include Lady Moss Revived (1972), Freeway (1974), Doctors Rock (1976), Beethoven's Guitar (1980), After Looking for Broadway (1985), Music Therapy (2001), It Was a Tuesday Morning: Selected Poems 1972-2001 (2004), Poetry Reading at Kaka Point (2006), In the Dragon Cafe (2007), and Under the Dundas Street Bridge (2012), & You Fit the Description, Selected Poems (2014, Cold Hub Press).

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780473389918
ISBN10 0473389916
Author OLDS, Peter
Binding Paperback
Date Published 8 Sep 2017
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 83
Publisher Cold Hub Press

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