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Common land : poems and essays

Author: Lynn Davidson
Publisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A poem is a piece of common land. You go to it to be alone, to be with other people, to be out at night, to graze cattle, to light up. This book of poems and essays includes player pianos, waltzes, green glass trees and a person sitting on their coat. I didn't set out to tell such big stories. I was going to graze cattle, but I stopped to light up."--Publisher description.
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Genre/Form: New Zealand poetry
New Zealand essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Davidson
ISBN: 9780864737601 0864737602
OCLC Number: 793382762
Description: 80 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Long house in the country --
Along the river road I --
Along the river road II --
Along the river road III --
Along the river road IV --
Along the river road V --
Along the river road that spring --
Leaving the Is-land --
Versus: We wild people of the North --
They do not want to fight and kill --
Little man --
Rue-of-grace --
Pear tree, apple tree, green glass tree --
Ants --
Winter --
Common land --
Chivalry in the courtroom I --
Chivalry in the courtroom II --
Chivalry in the courtroom III --
Transport --
Back home, while they wait to hear --
What I said at the hearing --
Selah --
My fathers workshop --
Estuary --
Waltz of my heart --
Sunday afternoons --
Allotments --
In Duras --
In Ballydehob we went to your studio --
The Charles Bridge is a long story --
Paris --
V & V at the Palmerston North Library --
Singing of the real world --
Our Lady of Paraparaumu --
All over the Earth --
Wide open spaces --
Alaska --
London --
You fly home --
For love --
Clour and matter --
New year's feast --
Theoria n --
Flame organ concert.
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"A poem is a piece of common land. You go to it to be alone, to be with other people, to be out at night, to graze cattle, to light up. This book of poems and essays includes player pianos, waltzes, green glass trees and a person sitting on their coat. I didn't set out to tell such big stories. I was going to graze cattle, but I stopped to light up."--Publisher description.

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""Common Land" slinks into the room with poems that sound true. The short essays capture the intensity of feeling that owe a debt to her past. This book hangs together naturally leaving the reader Read more...

 
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