All Cretans are Liars
The poems in All Cretans are Liars are written for friends, lovers, for a small son, for explaining solitude or betrayal – they start out this way but soon take on their own life and walk out to meet us. Anne French sees her poems as small fictions, where intense personal experiences are crafted into elegant and ironic artefacts. This voice is warm, honest and sophisticated. All Cretans are Liars is an accomplished first collection by a poet who became a leading New Zealand voice.
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Awards and Nominations
Winner – 1988 NZ Book Award for Poetry – All Cretans are Liars, Anne French
Winner – 1988 Best First Book of Poetry – All Cretans are Liars, Anne French
In Anne French's work there is no political or literary-political gesture, just the making of frequently piercing wholes. – Lachlan Mackinnon, Times Literary Supplement