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Beauties of the Octagonal Pool

Beauties of the Octagonal Pool
  

A collection of poems written from and out of a variety of times, locations and experiences, from the water-frontages of Fiji, Fiordland and the Mediterranean, to the built history of Moscow and Berlin.

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ISBN 9781869405793
Published 3 February 2012 by Auckland University Press
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By O'Brien, Gregory
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ISBN-13 9781869405793
ISBN-10 186940579X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Auckland University Press
Imprint Auckland University Press
Publication Date 3 February 2012
International Publication Date 1 February 2012
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By O'Brien, Gregory
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 4mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.3
Catalogue Code 235949

Description of this Book

Gregory O'Brien's first collection of poems since Afternoon of an Evening Train (2005), Beauties of the Octagonal Pool is centred on the 'octagonal pool' of the Waitemata Harbour. In an eight-armed embrace, Beauties of the Octagonal Pool collects poems written from and out of a variety of times, locations and experiences, from the water-frontages of Fiji, Fiordland and the Mediterranean to the built history of Moscow and Berlin. Gregory O'Brien's poems here - his first collection for seven years - have a thoughtful musicality, a shambling romance, a sense of humour, an eye on the horizon. And in the background, a soft directional chant of possibility: north, northwest, south, southeast, west, southwest, east, northeast. On Raoul Island there is a mechanical rat; in Moscow we encounter a black negligee and an ice-cream vendor; in Sault, a mayor and the Mistral; on Waiheke, the horses of memory thunder down the course; and in Doubtful Sound, the first guitar music heard in New Zealand spills over the waves. A gazing ball, an infinity pool, an endless sea, an organic compass, a contrapuntal spring, a glorious parrot, a bounded harbour - the octagonal pool might reflect where we've been to, or where we are going. This is a good place to be marooned.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Once again, O'Brien has proved that he's a magician with words. If his earlier book on contemporary New Zealand art for young (and not so young), Welcome to the South Seas , was a hit, this sequel is sheer magic . . . . Many other art writers could learn much from O'Brien's approach. Readers, meanwhile, can revel in one of the year's best art books. --Christopher Moor, Press , on Back and Beyond

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Author's Bio

Gregory O'Brien, born in Matamata and educated in Auckland, is now a Wellington-based writer, teacher, artist, anthologist and curator. His many books of poetry, fiction, essays and criticism. His most recent books include A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy (AUP, 2011). In 2011, in company with other artists and writers, O'Brien voyaged to Tonga via the Kermadecs on HMS Otago. His poetry also travels widely, having appeared on high-fashion garments, on horse blankets and in art works.

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