About the book

A first collection from a new New Zealand poet, Johanna Emeney, runner-up in the prestigious British Hippocrates prize for Poetry and Medicine. She brings us a fresh contemporary poetry book - poems to listen to in the car, copy into diaries, stick on fridges and send to friends. It is a collection about relationships - between family members, friends and partners.

A CD of Jo reading her poems with Kevin Ireland accompanies the book.

About the author

An English teacher, Jo Emeney lives on Auckland's North Shore after a number of years in the UK. She tutors workshops for both young and older people, including the Young Writes' Workshops on behalf of the Michael King Writers' Centre, Devonport. Her work has appeared in Poetry NZ, Takahe, Metro, North & South, Blackmail Press, Snorkel, English in Aotearoa, the NZ Society of Authors Chapbook and The Guardian (UK).


A first collection from a new New Zealand poet, Johanna Emeney, this is a fresh contemporary poetry book for both literary and non-literary readers.


'Jo Emeney is a wonderful discovery. Her eye is quick and exact. Her words are crisp, clear and perfectly pitched. Her poems are the genuine article because when they are just about to relax they stand on tiptoe.' - Kevin Ireland

Johanna Emeney's poems always contain a surprise. They look courageously at difficult subjects, allow abstract and particular to co-exist and balance reality with desire. She is both tender and bold.' - Elizabeth Smither

'Johanna Emeney has a great ear.' - Matthew Francis, The Guardian, UK.