Good Business

Overview

From jaunty and self-deprecating to serious and nostalgic, the poems in this collection paint a vivid portrait of Wellington businesses and institutions. Quietly hilarious, the verse captures the essence of Toyota, Tony’s Tyre Service, Metalworx Engineering, Wellington Scrap Metal, the KFC on the corner of Pirie Street, and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. At the heart of this collection are three stunning sequences: an ode to walking the streets of Wellington, a gathering of ...

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Overview

From jaunty and self-deprecating to serious and nostalgic, the poems in this collection paint a vivid portrait of Wellington businesses and institutions. Quietly hilarious, the verse captures the essence of Toyota, Tony’s Tyre Service, Metalworx Engineering, Wellington Scrap Metal, the KFC on the corner of Pirie Street, and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. At the heart of this collection are three stunning sequences: an ode to walking the streets of Wellington, a gathering of surreal and quirky moments, and a lyrical approach to the author’s travels from Bangladesh to the south of France. Playing with the contrasts of light and dark and dawn to dusk, this compendium also explores the balance between departures and arrivals as well as the seen and unseen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781869404420
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Wedde has been featured in Freed and Landfall. He is a recipient of the Book Award for Fiction and the NZ Book Award for Poetry. He is the author of The Commonplace Odes, Dick Seddon's Great Dive, Spells for Coming Out, and Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty.

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Table of Contents

Epithalamion 1

Honeymoon 3

Good Business

Toyota 7

Tony's Tyre Service 8

Metalworx Engineering 9

Mighty Mats 10

Wellington Scrap Metals 11

KFC 12

SPCA 13

The New Zealand College of Massage 14

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter 15

The Home of Murdoch's 16

The Wesleyan Methodist Church 17

CO Products Ltd 18

Two Affections

Pete 23

Mate 24

Seven Dreams

Torn 27

Flowers falling 28

Wild turkey at the back of the driving range 29

Black 30

Film treatment 31

Elephant piss 32

Naked 33

The enchanting aroma of cut flowers 35

The sheen 36

Arriving Blind

Gangelic dolphin 41

How to build a nest of a roof 43

Odalisque 45

On a clear day 47

Dawn, dusk, home 48

How to fly 51

Trimming the palmtree 52

Abat-jour 54

Riding the train 55

Eating the melon 56

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