An Explanation of Poetry to My Father

Glenn Colquhoun


In this new collection Glenn uses hands-on language and humour to explain poetry to his builder father (“a man of few words”) — and anyone else not yet captivated with the magic of words.

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Verbs are Estwing hammers… Ideal for putting
some whack into a sentence. They come in
black and blue and have a good feel hung
from a leather pouch firm against your thigh.

“The poems are a playful and clever introduction to the power of words and story.”
~ Alison Ballance picked An Explanation of Poetry to my Father as required reading in July 2013’s New Zealand Geographic.

About the author

Glenn Colquhoun is a doctor, poet and children’s writer. His first poetry collection, The Art of Walking Upright, won Best First Book of Poetry at the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2003 he won the Poetry Category and also became the first poet to be awarded the coveted Montana Readers’ Choice Award. He has written several children’s books and has been the convener of the New Zealand Post Book Awards. In 2004, Colquhoun was the recipient of the Prize in Modern Letters.

Additional information

Dimensions 125 × 170 mm