About the book

The first grouping in this book takes the form of a conversation between friends. The talk over the table reflects the poet's wide interests. The tone is open and robust -- sometimes wry or comic, sometimes sardonic, even grumpy.

Then the wine arrives and with the main course the mood changes. The talk becomes hushed, amused, warm and intimate.

Few New Zealanders have published so widely -- fiction and non-fiction, memoirs and criticism as well as poetry - and all to such acclaim.

About the author

Dr Kevin Ireland has received numerous awards and fellowships. He has won the Montana Award for History and Biography, the National Book Award for Poetry and the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry. His honours include an OBE for services to literature.


Kevin Ireland's18th collection of poetry looks at life, love and the landscape.



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