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Selected poems / Brian Turner.

By: Turner, Brian, 1944-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Victoria University Press, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: 237 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781776562183; 1776562186.Genre/Form: New Zealand poetry -- 21st century.DDC classification: NZ821.2
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book is the first to represent the full extent of Brian Turner's achievement as a poet, from his Commonwealth Poetry Prize-winning debut, Ladders of Rain, to poems written in 2018. One of New Zealand's most acclaimed and widely read contemporary poets, Turner is a proud southerner, and the landscapes and skyscapes of the central South Island are amongst the strongest characteristics of his work. His themes range widely, and make striking connections - poems about fathers and sons are also poems about the duties of care we owe to the natural world; love poems open out into metaphysical inquiry; satire keeps close company with political protest. Turner's work is distinguished always by his unmistakable wit and feeling, precision and insight.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • from Ladders of Rain (1978)
  • The Stopover (p. 15)
  • Four Seasons (p. 16)
  • Hawk (p. 18)
  • Late Winter Snow (p. 19)
  • The Dissolute Life (p. 20)
  • Madness and the Mountain (p. 22)
  • Responses to Montale (p. 25)
  • The Conversation (p. 27)
  • Trout (p. 28)
  • The Rehearsal (p. 29)
  • from Ancestors (1981)
  • Madrigal (p. 30)
  • Once I Thought (p. 31)
  • Pheasants (p. 32)
  • Furrows of the Sea (p. 33)
  • Like Lamplight (p. 35)
  • Silver Birches (p. 36)
  • Ancestors (p. 37)
  • Jack Trout (p. 38)
  • Maker (p. 40)
  • Coming Home (p. 41)
  • from Listening to the River (1983)
  • Listening to the River (p. 42)
  • Women in the Dunes (p. 43)
  • The Age of Descent (p. 45)
  • Riding High (p. 46)
  • Grass (p. 47)
  • Druid's Hill (p. 48)
  • Elegy in the Clutha Valley (p. 49)
  • Last Songs (p. 51)
  • from Bones (1985)
  • The Visit (p. 52)
  • Snowstorm (p. 53)
  • Chestnuts on a Mantelpiece (p. 54)
  • October on the Otamita (p. 55)
  • Listening to the Mountain (p. 56)
  • Because It's Real (p. 59)
  • from All that Blue Can Be (1989)
  • Training on the Peninsula (p. 60)
  • Naming the Lost (p. 62)
  • Drain (p. 63)
  • Harrier Hawks (p. 65)
  • Flight (p. 66)
  • Walking In (p. 67)
  • Place (p. 68)
  • Abandoned Homestead (p. 69)
  • After (p. 71)
  • Alp (p. 72)
  • The Mixing Bowl (p. 73)
  • Service (p. 75)
  • Firstborn (p. 77)
  • Country Matters (p. 78)
  • The Rocks Below (p. 79)
  • from Beyond (1992)
  • Van Morrison in Central Otago (p. 81)
  • Night Country Music (p. 83)
  • The Thin Man (p. 84)
  • Pig (p. 86)
  • On a Photograph of My Father Walking to Rugby (p. 87)
  • Fish (p. 89)
  • Beyond (p. 90)
  • from Taking Off (2001)
  • Song (p. 94)
  • Semi-Kiwi (p. 95)
  • Amends (p. 96)
  • Ulysses Returning (p. 97)
  • Easy (p. 99)
  • Take Heart (p. 100)
  • Monte Cassino (p. 102)
  • My Father in Autumn (p. 103)
  • Elegy for Peter Hooper (p. 104)
  • Cricket (p. 106)
  • The River in You (p. 107)
  • The Angler (p. 108)
  • Through (p. 110)
  • The Key (p. 111)
  • from Footfall (2005)
  • Webs of Contradictions (p. 113)
  • Case Notes (p. 115)
  • Toi-toi and Tussock (p. 117)
  • Sacrosanct (p. 118)
  • Memories of War (p. 119)
  • Across Frontiers (p. 120)
  • Twilight Days (p. 122)
  • Cycling in the Maniototo (p. 123)
  • Sliding By (p. 125)
  • Flying South (p. 126)
  • Poolburn Twilight (p. 127)
  • Exit (p. 128)
  • from The Six Pack (2006)
  • The Great Where Are We (p. 130)
  • Ida Valley, January (p. 131)
  • On Top of the World (p. 132)
  • Hawks in a Gale (p. 133)
  • Cold Place (p. 134)
  • from Into the Wider World (2008)
  • Angling for Utterance (p. 135)
  • Taieri Days (p. 136)
  • Raibows in the Mararoa Gorge (p. 137)
  • Prayer in Autumn (p. 139)
  • from Faces in the Water (p. 140)
  • from Just This (2009)
  • Epistemologies of Place (p. 142)
  • What It's Like (p. 144)
  • In a Sponsor's Tent (p. 145)
  • Foretold (p. 146)
  • Just This (p. 147)
  • Deserts, for Instance (p. 148)
  • Sky (p. 149)
  • First Day of School (p. 150)
  • from Chances of Revelation (p. 151)
  • The Earth is Enough (p. 155)
  • from Inside Outside (2011)
  • Panoramas (p. 156)
  • If She Hadn't Been There (p. 157)
  • Surviving the Winter (p. 158)
  • Fauré (p. 159)
  • Conversations with My Son (p. 160)
  • Easter Monday, Hampstead Heath (p. 163)
  • No Course to Ithaca (p. 165)
  • Starting with C (p. 168)
  • Hard Luck, Nature (p. 170)
  • Snowstorm, Barewood Plateau (p. 171)
  • Outdoorsd Outlines (p. 172)
  • Bird Land (p. 173)
  • Walls (p. 175)
  • Autumn Song (p. 176)
  • Secular Yet Sacred (p. 178)
  • New Zealanders, a Definition (p. 179)
  • By Slow Degrees (p. 180)
  • from Elemental (2012)
  • Somewhere, a River (p. 181)
  • Keep It Up (p. 182)
  • Early Summer (p. 183)
  • from Boundaries (2015)
  • Behind the Near Hills (p. 184)
  • Oturehua (p. 185)
  • You Could Say (p. 186)
  • from Night Fishing (2016)
  • On Evolution: Just in Time (p. 187)
  • Playing God (p. 188)
  • All You Know (p. 190)
  • Blackbird (p. 191)
  • Mulching (p. 192)
  • Night Fishing (p. 193)
  • Mountains We Climb (p. 194)
  • Dry River (p. 195)
  • A Reading of Georgia O'Keefe (p. 196)
  • In Ladbroke Grove (p. 197)
  • Just Possibly (p. 198)
  • Previously Uncollected
  • North of Wedderburn (p. 199)
  • Sub-prime etc (p. 201)
  • Athens and Andros (p. 202)
  • Inland, Oregon (p. 203)
  • Trail to Carpenter Mountain Fire Lookout (p. 204)
  • Canopies (p. 206)
  • As We Have Long Been Doing (p. 207)
  • River Wind (p. 208)
  • Lineage (p. 209)
  • Without Compunction (p. 210)
  • Reality (p. 211)
  • Powercos (p. 212)
  • Small Town Blues (p. 213)
  • Solo (p. 214)
  • December First (p. 215)
  • The Open Road (p. 216)
  • Without a World of a Lie (p. 217)
  • Between Waipiata and Kokonga (p. 219)
  • Isosceles (p. 220)
  • Home (p. 221)
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land (p. 222)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 225)
  • Index of Titles (p. 227)
  • Index of First Lines (p. 233)