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This Paper Boat

This Paper Boat
  

In these poems, rich in understatedly beautiful imagery, two authors, their families and their many ghosts navigate oceans, forests, gardens and houses in New Zealand, Singapore, China, and in dreams. This Paper Boat follows the author as he traces his own history through the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869408459
Published 22 February 2016 by Auckland University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kan, Gregory

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ISBN-13 9781869408459
ISBN-10 1869408454
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Auckland University Press
Imprint Auckland University Press
Publication Date 22 February 2016
International Publication Date 1 July 2016
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kan, Gregory
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika Books
New Zealand & Related
Auckland Writer’s Festival 2017
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 84
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 8mm
Weight 136g
Dewey Code 821.3
Catalogue Code 643360

Description of this Book

In these poems, rich in understatedly beautiful imagery, two authors, their families and their many ghosts navigate oceans, forests, gardens and houses in New Zealand, Singapore, China, and in dreams.

This Paper Boat follows the author as he traces his own history through the lives and written fragments of Iris Wilkinson (aka Robin Hyde), of his parents and their parents. He explores old territories of Robin Hyde's, still dripping with the past - the tide pool at Island Bay with its shrimp and driftwood, the garden at Laloma with its crushed lemon leaves. He listens to the stories of his parents and their parents, the eels and milk, frangipani trees, drains and barbed wire of their childhoods. He remembers a jungle of his own; he searches for ghosts in the water. While stumbling across irreparable fractures between worlds, the author uncovers the permission to have beautiful and imperfect plans.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - Poetry 2017

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Author's Bio

Gregory Kan is a writer based in Auckland. His first manuscript, a series of poems, was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Prize in 2013. Kan's most recent series of poems, 'A holding apart of air', features in the catalogue for the exhibition what is a life? by the painter Kim Pieters, at the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, and his work is featured or forthcoming in literary journals such as brief, 'Hue & Cry, otoliths, Percutio, Sport and Turbine--. Kan was also featured in - and gave the name to - 'Paper Boat: Moments in the Life of a Book-- (video.lumiere.net.nz/ paper-boat/), a short film directed by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson.

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