Mezzaluna: Selected Poems
Thirty years of selected poems by the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate.
Mezzaluna gathers work from critically acclaimed poet Michele Leggott’s nine collections, from Like This? (1988) to Vanishing Points (2017).
Michele Leggott was the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate 2007–09 and received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2013. Her collections include Mirabile Dictu (2009), Heartland (2014), and Vanishing Points (2017), all from Auckland University Press. She coordinates the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (NZEPC) with Brian Flaherty at the University of Auckland.
‘Leggott, one senses, never stops “looking about”: always listening, questioning, searching, peeling away the layers of the familiar to see what lies beneath.’
— Sarah Quigley, NZ Listener
‘Leggott illuminates, like a lightning flash, the delicacy and fragility of a world made of poetry’
— David Eggleton, NZ Listener
‘The elegance and joy of her eros of being, her intelligent and enchanted seeing, the dazzling range of her experimentalist sensibility, and her world-streaming scope all combine to create the intimate brilliances of Michelle Leggott’s Mezzaluna.’
— Rachel Blau DuPlessis, author of Drafts
‘Mezzaluna interfuses song, voice, history, politics, love, loss, and breath. Leggott’s epic force is never far from her lyric insistences.’
— Charles Bernstein, author of Near/Miss