Declaring 2007 the Year of the Poem, editor Paula Green likens good poetry to any other good gift - something you fall in love with even though it may not be what you thought you wanted. The 25 poems showcased here range from the fiercely personal to the resolutely political with many finding new ground in old mysteries—identity, mortality, distance—along the way. On the basis of this collection, 2007 was clearly a year rich in ‘good gifts’.
Best New Zealand Poems has been published annually by the International Institute of Modern Letters since 2001. It aims to introduce readers (especially internationally) to leading contemporary New Zealand poets and to showcase the vitality and range of current writing. The Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative New Zealand in publishing Best New Zealand Poems.
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