AUP New Poets 6

Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey, Chris Stewart

Author: Ben Kemp,
Author: Vanessa Crofskey and
Author: Chris Stewart
Edited and introduced by: Anna Jackson
Format: Paperback, Ebook
Pages: 114
Published: 12 March 2020
Specs: 22.4cm x 16.4cm
ISBN: 9781869409098
Expected release date is 12th Mar 2020

Available in Ebook

Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children’s lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.

Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart.

We move from Kemp’s slow-paced attentive readings of place and people, in a selection moving between Japan and New Zealand, to the velocity of Vanessa Crofskey’s fierce, funny, intimate and political poetry, which takes the form of shopping lists, Post-it Notes, graphs, erasures, a passenger arrival card and even *poetry*, and finally to Chris Stewart’s visceral take on the domestic, the nights cut to pieces by teething, the gravity of love and the churn of time.

AUP New Poets 6 is an arresting introduction to the rich diversity of contemporary New Zealand poetry.



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‘It is said that we are in the middle of a poetry revolution in New Zealand: there is certainly a lot of production, an eager climate of reception, and a sense that new cultural confidences and anxieties are finding new expression. It is a pleasure, then, to find a carefully chosen selection of new poets and new poems that show the rich diversity of the contemporary scene: from Ben Kemp entering ‘the arteries of Tokyo . . . with ears open’, to Vanessa Crofskey’s barbed attention to the deceptions and oddities of our try-hard but not really multicultural society, to Chris Stewart’s patient observations of family and childbirth.’ – Mark Williams