Since 2000, the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems has showcased the most exciting and memorable poetry produced in this country. Here, for the first time, is a selection of this work in book form. Edited by founding publisher Bill Manhire, and writer Damien Wilkins, this anthology is an indispensable guide to the richness, strangeness, and liveliness of contemporary poetry. With over sixty poets appearing, there's classic work by some of the best-known figures in our writing, including Sam Hunt, Allen Curnow, Jenny Bornholdt, Cilla McQueen, Elizabeth Smither, and Ian Wedde; there are also compelling poems from new writers. Each poet's own note on the selection illuminates the work and takes us inside the writer's personal workshop. The first decade of the new century comes into view as a vibrant, argumentative, restless period, with our poets unafraid of either political engagement or strong personal feeling. The extraordinary range of forms and voices immediately makes this book the most inviting and enjoyable collection of New Zealand poetry available.
Bill Manhire is the director of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of "Collected Poems," "Lifted," and "The Victims of Lightning." Damien Wilkins is the author of "The Miserables" and "Somebody Loves Us All." He teaches a Master of Arts workshop at the Institute of Modern Letters.