Lovely news from a friend, Diana Deans – her first book, It matters that we were young together, is being launched in Christchurch on the 27th of this month. She really is a good poet – she’s got a delicious sense of humour, and a very good ear (not as common as it should be here). She doesn’t get involved in poetry politics, so she doesn’t have a huge profile. But she is well worth seeking out. Yet another coup for Steele Roberts. Should be a good launch. I know it’ll be a good book. If we weren’t good friends, I’d even review it …
I was at the launch of another Steele Roberts book the week before. Dunedin poet/artist Claire Beynon launched her first book, Open Book, at the ArtSpace gallery. It’s gorgeous – a real coffee-table treasure. She wanted to tap into the heritage of the “artist’s book”, so it marries her paintings/images with her poems. Very very good. I plan to review it in the next few weeks, so I’ll post the review on my website.
Speaking of reviews … in a(nother) fit of madness, I put myself down to review another book for the NZPS. Rae Varcoe’s Tributary.
Stay tuned for more.