Looking Out to Sea

Kevin Ireland


Kevin Ireland’s 22nd volume of poetry.

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“Every now and then I hit a collection that I want to write about for hours – to salute the way simplicity and complexity melds a satisfying poetry brew for ear and mind. This is one of them.” — 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

Here in his 22nd collection of poems, Kevin Ireland is as deft and wise as ever:

The perfect loving phrase the one that tongues
a dazzling parting thought and leaves a vapour trail across the heart

does not force its truths from gravities
(or likelihoods
from similarities)

but weaves an arc of steamy sparkly hold-on-tights-for-godsakes
and from nothing more
than golden-mackled loops

of heady harmonies.


About the author

As well as poetry, Kevin Ireland has published a collection of short stories,Sleeping with the Angels; six novels including Getting Away with Itand 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

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