Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems
A time-spanning collection of sequences and poems from the poet of the everyday extraordinary.
There are some poets you travel the routes of
so often you could feel your way in the dark,
that turn, that corner, and then the plummet
towards the end. What does it give you, after all,
to meet in person in a room? A thought
the dog doesn’t share, when, having known
the followed route, the stored scent,
an affair of the air, here is
the other dog! Incarnate! Guessed and host!
‘Poets know words, know routes, know ghosts’
Uneasy nights out with dead Russian poets, dalliances with German gasfitters and emotionally fraught games of badminton are brought together for the first time, along with a brand new body of work, in this time-spanning selection of Anna Jackson’s poetry. Local gothic, suburban pastoral and answerings-back to literary icons are all enhanced by Jackson’s light hand and sly humour. Pastoral yet gritty, intellectual and witty, sweet but with stings in their tails, the poems and sequences collected in Pasture and Flock are essential reading for both long term and new admirers of Jackson’s slanted approach to lyric poetry.
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...if you’re looking to get back into reading good New Zealand poetry, this is a great way to start. - Linda Thompson
I feel that I must start by mentioning the cover, its stark black and white trees and hens and just a tiny drop of red for the hen’s combs, the title and the authors name. Very bold and very pleasing, rather like the poems themselves - Marcus Hobson, NZ Booklovers
Each poem is like a miniature treasure trove. Her poems have weight, and so much truth. - Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times