Keeping a Grip

Kevin Ireland


Now, at 85, this is Kevin Ireland’s 25th collection of poems.

SKU: 978-0-947493-80-6 Category:


No poems today

No poems today
no sign of the muse
there are pencils galore
but no words to use.

So it’s brew up the teapot
munch honey on toast
no one can reproach her
she’s only a ghost.

Yet I love her brief visits
the silk of her touch
though she doesn’t stay long
and never says much.

She reminds me of you
not just her sly look
she guided the hand
that started this book.

About the author

As well as poetry, Kevin has written two volumes of memoir, a book of short stories, Sleeping with the Angels; and six novels.

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