A Fugitive Presence

Peter Bland

$20.00

In this new collection Peter continues his search for ‘a lost sense of the sacred’ and explores his ‘wanting to be a child again.’

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Description

Peter’s poems have an ecstatic sensibility and a vividly personal voice, or voices. He talks about ‘the first person plural’ as a way of describing this approach. Critics of his last collection, Expecting Miracles, praised his sense of the mysterious in the ordinary. In this new collection Peter continues his search for ‘a lost sense of the sacred’ and explores his ‘wanting to be a child again.’ These are poems of recovery and intervention, full of the intoxicating feeling his work evokes.

In Takahē magazine, Elizabeth Coleman writes:
“… this collection will suit mature readers with its aphorisms and nostalgia which are un-soppy and filled with light … Full of humanity, intelligence and wisdom, with a twinkle in the eye and excellent company.”

 

From previous reviews:

“Poetry of memorable intimacy” – PN Review

“An imaginative opulence” – Landfall

“Strange and magical” – Times Literary Supplement

“Masterfully deep and controlled” – Scoop Review of Books

“Elegant surrealist twists and hard-won wisdom” – Dominion Post

About the author

Peter Bland is a poet and actor, whose writing commits to an everyday sub-urban sense of reality, often exploiting the framework of the dramatic monologue. He has a distinguished place in New Zealand theatre history as co-founder of Downstage and its artistic director 1964–68. He has worked as a stage and television actor and several of his own plays have been produced. Bland has published a large selection of poetry volumes in New Zealand and the UK and his memoir was released in 2004.

Additional information

Dimensions 210 x 148 x 6 mm
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