View from the South
A stunning collection of poems from one of New Zealand's most respected writers.
David Eggleton wrote of Marshall's poetry in the New Zealand Listenerthat, 'Above all, the poems are redolent of the South Island - all wild winds and dry hills, sleepy summer afternoons, the shimmer of light on lakes, snow like whitewash on the Alps.' In addition his poetry captures the voice and perspective of the South Island, whether it is contemplating family or friends, love or mortality, the local landscape or further afield, through place or time.
This collection brings together Marshall's most powerful poetry from his previous three collections with many more recent works. They are complemented by photographs taken by his friend and fellow Mainlander Grahame Sydney.
'They are an exquisite marriage of musicality, observation, elegance and economy. Certain words stand out in his lines like the glint of light on wet ground.' - Paula Green, New Zealand Herald.
OWEN MARSHALL, novelist, short story writer, poet and anthologist has published over thirty books. Awards include the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the Montana NZ Book Awards, the New Zealand Literary Fund Scholarship in Letters, fellowships at Otago and Canterbury universities and the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship in France. He is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and has received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury. See more at www.owenmarshall.net.nz. GRAHAME SYDNEY is one of New Zealand's major artists, best known for his glorious landscapes of Central Otago. His paintings have been widely exhibited and are held in private and public collections worldwide. Sydney is also an occasional photographer. In 2003, he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to painting.