Stephen Oliver

Yellow Chevrons

An old story. Our hero wakes up disoriented in a strange and unfamiliar land. Rock strewn, treeless. He is amnesiac; expulsion from Eden is false memory. The Ruskinesque, quartz blaze of a fallen rock. Into his field of vision float …

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Trans-Tasman: Book Reviews and Best New Zealand Poetry 2013

It’s 2014. Time to expand / add to the Trans-Tasman conversation on poetics between Australia and New Zealand. The Best New Zealand Poems 2013 has now been published. Online only. Check it out. Congratulation to Murray Edmond, Anne Kennedy and …

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Review Short: Stephen Oliver’s Intercolonial

Intercolonial, a new book-length poem by Stephen Oliver, focuses its attention on New Zealand, Australia, and the sea that lies between them. With sweeping long lines, Stephen Oliver zooms in on the details of place and geology: the poem is full of cinematic pans over landscape, seascape and human history, fulfilling what is often a purview of the long poem in naming the world and its inhabitants.

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Letter to Peter Olds

I don't know much about the mechanical hawk ravaging doves, though multiple rapes performed by the machine we are witness to on a daily basis. 'We've both changed a bit,' you said on meeting – Peter, I take small consolation …

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Kristin Hannaford Reviews Stephen Oliver

The blurb on the back cover cites this as a “challenging miscellany”. What do you make of that? A mixed bag? Poetries that don't fit? Odd socks and whimsy? Well, after puzzling over the collection for a few weeks, I'd say yes to all of the above.'

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One clump of dark green pine, in coal country, behind the escarpment; in a hollow, the other side of town, along the Great Western, furrows of coal-bits, drift of steam, state houses, scattered about like spilled boxes. One clump of …

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