Jack Ross, ed.: Poetry NZ Yearbook 1 [Issue #49] (October 2014)
Books and Magazines in brief:
Alexandra Fraser. Conversation by Owl-Light. ISBN 978-1-927242-44-5. Wellington: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2014.
Alexandra Fraser: Conversation by Owl-Light (2014)
This is Alexandra Fraser’s first collection, an “examination of a long-term love affair and its consequences.” The author mentions that “her other love, science, now informs much of her writing” – she was for many years a science teacher – and this does indeed give a certain edge to some of the poems included here:
name the fish the trees the flowers
know where your innards are [“Some memes to shape you,” p.42]
There’s a certain residue of the teacher here, too, I would say (I speak as one myself): someone with information and ideas to impart, I mean: thoughts gathered over many years.
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 1 [Issue #49]. ISSN 0114-5770 (2014): 229.
Poetry NZ 38 (2009)