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To the Occupant

To the Occupant
 

A strong new poetry collection from a leading New Zealand writer of her generation. Innovative, confident and powerful.

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ISBN 9781988531687
Barcode 9781988531687
Published 1 May 2019 by Otago University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Neale, Emma
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781988531687
ISBN-10 1988531683
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Publication Date 1 May 2019
International Release Date 1 August 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Neale, Emma
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 80
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.2
Catalogue Code 975532

Description of this Book

To the Occupant takes the everyday and transforms it into something fine and precious and enduring. With an unsparing attention, Emma Neale creates shape-shifting poems that confound prejudices and subvert expectations. Displaying verve and confidence, her poetry is filled with musicality and dynamic language, always observant to the world and its details. The striking imagery and emotional range of her work never veer into sentimentality. These poems engage with the full spectrum of human emotion and experience, the hauntings of history, the cold hand of social inequality, and the long contrail of intimate cruelties. They challenge the open and latent violence of contemporary life, from refugee crises to rape, poverty and mental illness to climate change, while revealing the extraordinary in the everyday, where a childs-eye view of the world can witness the wonder of the new or the shadow of darkness. Whimiscal typographical experiments and prose poems sit next to reimagined fables (the Big Bad Wolf repurposed as inner demon), deliciously light-handed satire, and quietly powerful insights into the contemporary political terrain. To the Occupant is an innovative and astounding collection from one of New Zealands leading writers of her generation.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Janet Frame/NZSA Memorial Prize for Literature 2008 -- Winner of University of Otago/Sir James Wallace Pah Residency 2014 -- Winner of Kathleen Grattan Award 2011 -- Winner of Philip and Diane Beatson/ NZSA Writing Fellow 2015 -- Winner of Robert Burns Fellow, University of Otago 2012
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Emma Neale has published six novels and five poetry collections, and edited several anthologies. She is a former Robert Burns fellow (2012) and has received numerous awards and grants for her writing including the Janet Frame/NZSA Memorial Prize for Literature (2008), the University of Otago/Sir James Wallace Pah Residency (2014), and she was Philip and Diane Beatson/NZSA Writing Fellow in 2015. Neale was awarded the Kathleen Grattan Award for 2011 for her poetry collection The Truth Garden, and was a finalist for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 for her novel Billy Bird. Since 2018 she has been editor of Landfall journal, and she holds a PhD in New Zealand Literature from University College London (UK).

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