We all carry losses with us. Some are self-inflicted; some are presented to us by circumstance. Either way, we need our memory to shore them up and hold them in some manageable shape. Mary Cresswell’s poetry looks at memory and loss via a variety of formal structures, and often with humour. She uses images of the Pacific to illustrate much of her work, using not only her admiration for islands (tropic through subantarctic) but also her own journey from California to New Zealand.
The manuscript of Trace Fossils was chosen by Fleur Adcock as first runner-up for the inaugural Kathleen Grattan Award (University of Otago).