Expecting Miracles

Peter Bland


‘His casual skill is easy to underestimate; the perfectly pitched tone of nostalgia; the deftly chosen details so evocative of time and place; the diction, which nails his scenes with such emotional precision.’
— Peter Simpson, Poetry New Zealand

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Poems of love, loss, comic insight and sensory delight. At 81, Peter Bland’s new work continues to dazzle and amuse. PN Review praises his ‘gentle but powerful assurance’ and Poetry London the ‘intoxicating feeling’ his poetry evokes.

Listen to Greg O’Brien discuss Expecting Miracles and Collected Poems with Kim Hill on National Radio.

“[a] terrific new collection …” — Paula Green

“[Kevin Ireland and Peter Bland] have lived through a lot of the flurry and scuffle of modernisms and post-modernisms, not entirely unconscious or unaffected, probably formally less constrained and more inventive than would have been the case if those movements had not occurred, but not too fussed by fashion either; concerned most of all to mean something, to make good sense, to write well, feel deeply and be understood.” — C K Stead, NZ Poet Laureate

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 148 × 210 mm

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