Shooting Gallery

Wes Lee


‘Written with breathtaking simplicity, this is a collection of devastating beauty and power. It’s rare to find poetry that can convey so much, with such brevity. Wes Lee’s poetry will transport you.’
– SJ Bradley, author of Brick Mother (Dead Ink Books, 2014), and editor, The Big Bookend

SKU: 978-0-947493-23-3 Category:


Buildings —
silent like teeth
in a sleeping mouth.
~ from ‘Night Shift’

Wes Lee is based in Auckland, New Zealand. She was the 2010 recipient of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, New Zealand’s foremost award for the short story, and has won a number of prizes for her writing. Most recently she was awarded second place in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2015, third place in the 2014 Troubadour Poetry Prize in London, and shortlisted for the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2016, and the Remember Oluwale Prize 2016 in the UK.

Murray Edmond chose Shooting Gallery as one of the 2016 books he loved:

“Another first book that will reward is Wes Lee’s Shooting Gallery (Steele Roberts, 2016). She knows about violence: “my flatmate appeared in the hall/covered in blood of his own making.” But also about love: a pair of lovers hunting a flea together in bed makes for a comic, erotic  dance (pace John Donne). “The body is where you begin” could be a tag for this whole book of short sharp poems that knock against your skull. There’s a woman living in a car, there’s a clown living in you, there’s a couple living in a barn with a dog and a boar, there’s a memory living in a hotel, there’s a self living in a mirror. Transcendental this is not. A book stuffed with tough stuff.”

About the author

Wes Lee’s chapbook of short fiction Cowboy Genes (2014) was published by Grist Books at the University of Huddersfield. She has won a number of awards for her writing internationally and in New Zealand including the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award and the Bronwyn Tate Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications including The London Magazine, Poetry London, Cordite, Westerly, The Stony Thursday Book and Landfall.

Additional information

Dimensions 148 x 210 x 5 mm

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