Cinema (2014)

Jack Ross, ed.: Poetry NZ Yearbook 1 [Issue #49] (October 2014)

Books and Magazines in brief:

Helen Rickerby. Cinema. ISBN 978-0-473-27648-5. Hoopla Series. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2014.

Helen Rickerby: Cinema (2014)

Helen Rickerby’s cool ironic voice has been an important part of the Wellington poetry scene since the mid-1990s, when she co-founded JAAM with Mark Pirie. Over the years her work has moved from the mock-surrealism of Abstract Internal Furniture (2001) to the more personal and engaged voice of My Iron Spine (2008) and Northland (2010). This new book of hers, from Mākaro Press’s Hoopla Series, looks “at the personal through the lens of a camera and the world of cinema through the unfiltered eye.” Clearly, like the late lamented Jim Carroll, Rickerby has spent a lot of time living at the movies – an almost inevitable frame, in retrospect, for writers of his post-beat generation; far more of a departure, however, for a poet in our own decaying post-modern: cinema, one might almost say, as museum-culture.


Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 1 [Issue #49]. ISSN 0114-5770 (2014): 235.

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Poetry NZ Yearbook 1 (2014)

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