Mary Cresswell works with words and relaxes with words. Her ‘serious’ poetry, which often addresses itself to memory and loss, is widely published in the United States and New Zealand. She has always lived and flourished within the wackier fringe of word people — philosophers, linguists, historians, literature professors, writers — who have given her an acute and often painful appreciation of the absurd. This collection represents her love of parody and satire, as well as her roots in American and English poetry. Mary came to New Zealand from Los Angeles in 1970 and, as an editor of science publications, has been in the Wellington workforce ever since.
Read Janice Freegard’s interview with Mary Cresswell, and another by Tim Jones.
Listen to an interview with Mary on Radio New Zealand here (mp3).