AUP New Poets 5
Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg and Rebecca Hawkes
In a New Zealand poetry scene overflowing with energy, the return of AUP New Poets introduces three extraordinary new voices.
Launched in 1999, AUP New Poets first introduced readers to Anna Jackson, Sonja Yelich, Janis Freegard, Chris Tse and many more significant New Zealand voices. Relaunching this year under the editorship of Anna Jackson and with a bold new look, AUP New Poets 5 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg and Rebecca Hawkes.
In poems about limpets and mangroves, beauty and hunger, ‘love, actually’ and earthquake preparedness, the poets’ work stands out for its fierce intelligence, formal command and dazzling vivacity. AUP New Poets 5 is the perfect introduction to the lively diversity of New Zealand poetry today.
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‘The return of AUP New Poets is a welcome initiative at a moment when New Zealand poetry is bursting with so much fresh talent. Each poet in this trio has very much her own distinctive style, voice and angle of interest but all three sit well between the same covers: van Waardenberg’s youthful poems provide an airy interval between the more measured approach of DeCarlo and the glorious excess of Hawkes. AUP New Poets 5 shines the spotlight on three gifted new poets, showing us how they glitter and spin.’ – Chris Price