The Lark Quartet
Elizabeth Smither, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished poets, has perfected a distinctive and elegant style in such a way that it is easy to take the real quality of her poems for granted. But this is among her best collections, moving through a range of attentions – friends, gardens, works of art – with great charm and an unexpected and quirky wit.
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Awards and Nominations
Winner – 2000 Montana Book Award for Poetry – The Lark Quartet, Elizabeth Smither
There is much pleasure and celebration to be found here – good friends, great desserts, joyous pregnancies. But the overall register is bittersweet. The Lark Quartet is a collection of hymns to those perfect, true notes that cannot hang in the air for long. – Kate Camp, Evening Post