Villon in Millerton

James Norcliffe

Author: James Norcliffe
Availability: No longer in print/stock
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Published: June 2007
Specs: 21.0cm x 14.8cm
ISBN: 9781869403836

Villon in Millerton is an impressive collection, the sixth by Christchurch-based poet James Norcliffe, which presents vivid lyrics anchored by three sequences. 

The title sequence imagines a fifteenth-century French poet, Francois Villon, fetching up in the isolated and deserted West Coast town of Millerton; another sequence brilliantly evokes the mysteries of the Indian rope trick; while a concluding group focuses on the contradictory character of the nineteenth-century missionary Samuel Marsden. 

The range of subjects – from the red admiral butterfly to the attack on Baghdad – and tones – from meditation to satire – along with the poet’s acute ear and sharp eye make this book always unexpected and illuminating.


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Norcliffe is full of delightful surprises and striking imagery. – Peter Dornauf, Waikato Times