How to survive the morning

About the book

Kevin Ireland's 17th book of poems cocks an amused, satiric, shrewd and always deadly serious eye at life, love and landscape. There are conversations with the neighbours, thoughts on the weather, birthdays, writers and writing, dreams, milking a cow and the Treaty. Then the book ends abruptly with first reactions to the sudden death of his wife:

I reach for a pen.

My hand fails. It draws

a wavering line under an emptiness.

About the author

A poet, fiction writer and librettist, Kevin Ireland grew up in Auckland. He lived in England for 25 years, though he has consistently identified himself as a New Zealand poet. He has published numerous collections of poetry and his first book of prose was released in 1995, followed by his first novel in 1996. He was awarded an OBE for services to literature, and received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in 2004.


This is the 17th book of poetry from award winning poet Kevin Ireland.

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