New Sea Land by Bill Direen
Direen’s fifth book of poetry was generated by a stay south-east of Auckland in 2005. These poems are a response to place, to landscapes, to seascapes, and to the seasonal occurrences he found there. They are a personal, a psychological document, a poetic analysis of contemporary New Zealand, as well as a philosophical analysis of the past as it is contained in our present. If some of the poems are emphatically musical and require a musical sense to “hear” them, others are instantly-perceptible Whitman-like reflections upon the variety and force of today’s New Zealand — and its Sealanders.
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