Feeding the Birds

Kevin Ireland


A brand new volume of poems from one of New Zealand’s most prominent and well-loved writers.

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Writing-poetry-day chirped
through the curtains at just going on
half-past-five. A whole eighteen-and-a-half
hours of it still to go and already the birds
are bursting their lungs in the hedge
just outside the bedroom window
putting you in mind of sonnets
you could warble in the bath.

Writing-poetry-day with the sun now shouting down
the dark with golden stanzas as the heavens resonate
with radiant blues and a light wind chants
among the olives and the plums and my city
once more sings itself into the clouds and magically
the universe begins to speak in tongues.

About the author

As well as poetry, Kevin has published a collection of short stories, Sleeping with the Angels; six novels including Getting Away with It and Daisy Chains; and two memoirs, Under the Bridge and Over the Moon and Backwards to Forwards.

Kevin was awarded an OBE for services to literature and has received numerous other awards, including the 2004 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement and in 2006 the AW Reed Award for his contribution to NZ literature. In 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from Massey University.

Additional information

Dimensions 148 × 210 mm