Wheelers Books

Night Horse

Night Horse
 

In Elizabeth Smither's eighteenth collection of poetry her words are as vital as ever. The poems take the everyday - mothers and daughters, cats and horses, books and bowls, slippers and shirts - and transform them into something fresh: sometimes surreal, sometimes funny, often e... read full description below.

Usually ships 6-12 working days – This title is in stock at publisher

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781869408701
Barcode 9781869408701
Published 7 June 2017 by Auckland University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Alternate Format(s) View All (2 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Smither, Elizabeth
Availability In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

... view full title details below.

Buy Now

  • $24.99 Retail price
  • $23.74 Wheelers price
  • You save $1.25!
Add to Basket Add to Wishlist

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781869408701
ISBN-10 1869408705
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Auckland University Press
Imprint Auckland University Press
Publication Date 7 June 2017
International Publication Date 1 November 2017
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Smither, Elizabeth
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 88
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress New Zealand poetry - 20th century, New Zealand poetry
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code NZ821.2
Catalogue Code 742286

Description of this Book

In Elizabeth Smither's eighteenth collection of poetry her words are as vital as ever. The poems take the everyday - mothers and daughters, cats and horses, books and bowls, slippers and shirts - and transform them into something fresh: sometimes surreal, sometimes funny, often enchanted. And throughout, the work is infected with the personality of the author: a quirky, whimsical observer of the mundane world around her, which she shows to be full of surprises. 'Elizabeth Smither's world is the people she knows, the places she visits, the animals she encounters. As they appear in her work they take on mysterious, sometimes surreal, qualities. Her imaginative world is charming and enchanted, peculiar, whimsical, and often very funny' - C. K. Stead 'W. H. Auden once defined poetry as a game of knowledge, a bringing to consciousness, by naming them, of emotions and their hidden relationships . This definition suits Smither's poetry, too, with its sophistication, its wit and humour, its playfulness, its candour, its tenderness, its exploration through simile and metaphor of the unexpected relations between things' - Peter Simpson 'The freshness of Elizabeth's vision, her altogether metaphorical way of looking at the world, constantly surprises. Then there is the course her poems take, rising into something which hits, or is very like, the sublime. Her work is replete with a humanity that draws the reader in, moves us and stays with us, achieving what the Chinese call 'the meaning beyond the words' - Diana Bridge

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of the Poetry Prize at Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2018
NZ Review Elizabeth Smither's world is the people she knows, the places she visits, the animals she encounters. As they appear in her work they take on mysterious, sometimes surreal, qualities. Her imaginative world is charming and enchanted, peculiar, whimsical, and often very funny. - C. K. Stead W. H. Auden once defined poetry as a game of knowledge, a bringing to consciousness, by naming them, of emotions and their hidden relationships . This definition suits Smither's poetry, too, with its sophistication, its wit and humour, its playfulness, its candour, its tenderness, its exploration through simile and metaphor of the unexpected relations between things. - Peter Simpson The freshness of Elizabeth's vision, her altogether metaphorical way of looking at the world, constantly surprises. Then there is the course her poems take, rising into something which hits, or is very like, the sublime. Her work is replete with a humanity that draws the reader in, moves us and stays with us, achieving what the Chinese call 'the meaning beyond the words. - Diana Bridge

^ top

Author's Bio

Elizabeth Smither has written five novels, five collections of short stories and seventeen poetry collections, the most recent of which was The Blue Coat (2013). She has twice won the major award for New Zealand poetry and was the 2001-2003 Te Mata Poet Laureate. In 2004 she was awarded an honorary DLitt from the University of Auckland for her contribution to literature and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was given the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. In 2016 she won the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, New Zealand's most valuable poetry award, judged by Paul Muldoon, and those poems are included in this collection.

^ top