Tigers at Awhitu
Against a backdrop of many times and landscapes, the poems in Tigers at Awhitu, the first, luminous book by Sarah Broom, chart the drifts and tides of intimate relationships, the physical extremes of illness, the complexities of motherhood.
Here a refugee family walks north on a frozen road; a solitary figure sleeps in the desert outside a fabular city; a mother watches a child’s first gesture. With tough, deft attention to language and its emotional power, Sarah Broom asks us to consider our relationships with the world and with words. Hers is an unflinching and original new voice in New Zealand poetry.
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There are poems here of great delicacy and despairing restraint . . . where themes of the exposed body and the fragile sanctuary of the imagination are strongly conveyed. – W. N. Herbert, Poetry London
This is a brilliant first collection . . . – Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times
Reading these poems, the real world fades to a distance, and beyond the tender craft of each line, the intense luminosity of each word choice is poetry of absolute love. – Paula Green, NZ Herald