edited by Andrew Johnstone and Robyn Marsack
The editors’ introduction to Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets is at pains to unravel some of these myths, stating ‘Long gone are the days when New Zealanders – and their writers – were best known for a certain laconic style’. What is found instead is a poetry that ‘overflows with talk, often setting aside the traditions that come with written language and its conventional forms of address in favour of a looser conversation that leaps from register to register’.
The editors seek to represent a diverse band of poets, but the introduction does not go into great detail in justifying its choices. Johnston and Marsack describe the achievement of the big beasts of
Tuwhare draws on his specific understanding of