Collected Poems 1956–2011

Peter Bland


These Collected Poems confirm Peter’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest poets. From evocations of the conformist ’50s to explorations of the post-modern era, his celebration of idiom and understanding of the modern itinerant mind have helped us to understand ourselves.

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This volume makes possible a proper assessment of the scope and stature of Peter Bland’s work. These poems — often witty and beautiful — are a lifetime’s achievement, a testament to an ongoing power to engage us in his vision. Peter Bland arrived in New Zealand in 1954 and since the 1970s has divided his time between here and the UK, working as an actor, playwright and critic, while developing a poetry of increasing intimacy.

“His approach to the twin themes of home and exile is original and he has helped to modernize the representation of landscape within New Zealand in recent decades. This alone is no small achievement.” — Conor O’Callaghan, Times Literary Supplement

“Peter Bland remains one of New Zealand’s shrewdest, surest, and most readable poets.” —Murray Bramwell, CRNLE Reviews Journal

“No New Zealand poet has greater graphic energy or a more creative visual sense. He writes in a carefully crafted vernacular of deceptive skill and power.” —Kevin Ireland, NZ Listener

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.

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Dimensions 148 × 210 mm