Author(s): Reeve, Richard
A first collection from a young Dunedin poet, this is unexpected and challenging. These poems show a dark humour, often macabre or satirical, and a bold inventive and visceral use of language. These are tough studies of the tip and the abattoir, the alcoholic and the down-and-out, the eel, the spider and the hawk. Rooted in the Southern landscape and townscape, they are intensely physical and yet express nothing but the power, both terrifying and healing, of words.