One Hundred Poems and a Year

Bob Orr


Working-class poet’s major new collection.

Read Tracey Slaughter‘s speech at the launch here.

SKU: 978-0-947493-83-7 Category:



Consider this book of mine
as if it were a rucksack

containing what you might need
if you were to step outside your door.

There are poems heavily knitted
as fishermen’s jerseys

in case you should find yourself
all at sea. Others are

like handkerchiefs
you can put in your pocket —

some of these poems
are commonplace as soap —

you can stand under the shower with them.
Some are casual as jandals —

one or two have soles tough
as tramping boots.

I wrote them while walking down a road
with bare feet.

About the author

Bob Orr, born in the Waikato, worked as a seafarer on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf for 38 years. He now lives in a cottage on the Thames Coast.

In 2016 Bob won the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Poetry. One Hundred Poems and a  Year is his ninth collection, and was mostly written when he was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato in 2017.

Additional information

Dimensions 160 × 235 mm