Rumpelstiltskin Blues

John Adams


Who is Rumpelstiltskin? Misshapen spinner of straw into gold? Evil or misunderstood? Would a good lawyer have helped?

A new volume of poetry from John Adams.

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In this new collection, John Adams tries on aspects of Rumpelstiltskin. The poems tell of joy and death, disappointment and celebration. More personal than his first collection, Briefcase, this book follows threads in a judicial career, childhood memories, family and friendships.

As in John’s short fiction collection the Elbow Stories, the book’s homeland is Aotearoa New Zealand, but these poems venture overseas as well, to the equator and the pole. From lyric songs to experimental poems, the collection follows tracks that often wind up in Rumpelstiltskin modes, some straw, some glimmers. While the artist/spinner always risks condemnation, rewards are on offer if the blues can spin to gold.

About the author

John Adams, a retired judge, has a master’s degree in creative writing and is completing a PhD in English Literature. His first collection of poems, Briefcase (Auckland University Press, 2011), won the Jessie Mackay Award for best first poetry book at the New Zealand Post book awards. His collection the Elbow Stories was published by Steele Roberts in 2013.

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Dimensions 160 × 5 × 230 mm

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