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Through Your Eyes: Poems early and late
Leeming, Owen
  • ISBN:
    9780473444198
    Paperback
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  • $19.95 
  • Through Your Eyes: Poems early and late



    When Owen Leeming's first and only New Zealand poetry collection, VENUS IS SETTING, was published by Caxton Press in 1972, the author had, as editor Robert McLean writes in his introduction, "long since quit New Zealand for life, love, and work elsewhere. Although he returned to New Zealand in the early sixties after travel and work as a broadcaster in London, where he participated in The Group alongside fellow expat Peter Porter, Leeming soon left again. Eventually he made his home in France, where he has spent the best part of four decades, latterly working as a translator with OECD after a series of consultancies with UNESCO."

    He continued to write poetry and a handful of poems appeared during the 1970s in Landfall and Islands. In 1986 Leeming made the first of a number of return trips to New Zealand, which led to him write some of the poems included in this selection. In 2014, forty years since his last poems were published in New Zealand, two appeared in Poetry NZ. As McLean puts it: "the intervening decades had not at all lessened the jubilant skepticism and attentive itinerancy that marks this singular voice."

    It is to be hoped that with this new collection Owen Leeming finds at least some measure of the readership his achievements so clearly deserve.

    "This book may be a small vessel but it has two masts, the sequences `Sirens' and `Khalwat', that allow it to sail clear from the swell of `The Priests of Serrabonne', a classic that made Landfall in 1962. Leeming has tied himself to his backbone, resisting an immediate yet transitory appeal (`the hangi/ in the Sheraton Hotel') to wonder: `Can Lacan draw that sky?' His craft circumnavigates our world in more than words." --David Howard

    Author: Leeming, Owen
    Publication date: 06/08/2018
    Imprint: Cold Hub Press
    Pages: 52