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Family Songbook

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John Newton’s latest collection of poetry ponders the deep relationship between people and landscapes, and yet, in spite of such familiarity, there are questions yet to be answered, attachments and passions that don’t let go. Romantic, hyperbolic, painterly, and plot-driven, Family Songbook is a New Zealand pastoral in a different key.

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Overview

John Newton’s latest collection of poetry ponders the deep relationship between people and landscapes, and yet, in spite of such familiarity, there are questions yet to be answered, attachments and passions that don’t let go. Romantic, hyperbolic, painterly, and plot-driven, Family Songbook is a New Zealand pastoral in a different key.

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“Newton is blessed with the kind of keen eye that can spot the flush on a black-backed gull’s bill and ‘the chill pewter light on the snowgrass.’ Hard looking informs these poems as well as hard thinking and magpie reading. A splendid wry wit guides and shapes the book. . . . We all carry in our heads private landscapes—the geography of our youth refracted by memory, changing hopes and desires, personal mythology, family history. Newton’s songbook re-examines and revitalizes half-forgotten possibilities.”  —Iain Sharp, reviewer, critic, and columnist, New Zealand Listener magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864738394
  • Publisher: Victoria University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 47

Meet the Author

John Newton taught in the English departments at the University of Melbourne and the University of Canterbury. He has published two previous books of poems, The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune and Lives of the Poets.

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