Thursday, April 14, 2016

Canterbury Poets Bounce Back

People talked about quake brain, but the Canterbury earthquakes, despite or because of this, generated amazing bursts of creativity: music, dance, astonishing street art,
and poetry.

Five years on, the anniversary of the devastating quake of February 22nd is marked by the publication of Leaving the Red Zone – poems from the Canterbury earthquakes, an anthology of poetry written by poets from across New Zealand and edited by James Norcliffe, former poetry editor for The Press, and Joanna Preston, poetry editor for takahē magazine.

One hundred and forty-eight poems cover the whole range of the experience. Here are sorrow, resignation, defiance, stoicism, humour black and wry, and everything in between.

Leaving the Red Zone - poems from the Canterbury earthquakes
edited by James Norcliffe and Joanna Preston
Published by Clerestory Press
180 pages, soft-bound
ISBN 978-0-9922517-5-8
RRP $39.95

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