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Secret heart

Author: Airini Beautrais
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Victoria University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Secret Heart is a collection of superbly crafted autobiographical prose poems, all true stories. The tone is mostly mordant, downbeat, disenchanted - at least at first, until the reader becomes aware of the sharp humour that keeps turning these poems back from introspection and out into the social world. One thing this book offers is a young woman's wry self-portrait. Another is a warm and vivid memorial of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Prose poems
New Zealand poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Airini Beautrais
ISBN: 9780864735416 0864735413
OCLC Number: 85374385
Notes: "Prose poems"--Back cover.
Awards: Montana New Zealand Book Awards, NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry, 2007
Description: 75 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A good story --
Tandem --
Beans --
Collingwood --
Black socks --
Economics --
The shopper --
What I remember about Butterfly Creek --
The woodyard --
Bookshop --
Memory --
Berlusconi's batman --
Lost town --
The kitchen --
Weather --
Dining --
It was a sort of town --
Quarries --
Police --
Alexandra Road --
Chamber music --
Rocks in the calm sea --
The office --
Linen --
What is a god? --
Mix tapes --
Buckley Road --
Holes --
Tales of a road tour --
The library --
Food and shelter --
At the hut --
Mutton Cove --
Boys --
The seventies --
Miniatures --
At the party --
The good old kiwi bloke --
Long distance --
In the studio --
Dairy by the sea --
War games --
The damp --
Perpetual Street.
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Secret Heart is a collection of superbly crafted autobiographical prose poems, all true stories. The tone is mostly mordant, downbeat, disenchanted - at least at first, until the reader becomes aware of the sharp humour that keeps turning these poems back from introspection and out into the social world. One thing this book offers is a young woman's wry self-portrait. Another is a warm and vivid memorial of the vibrant milieu of Wellington's Te Aro flat under the shadow of the inner-city bypass.

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