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The Blue Coat

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781869407360
Author(s): Elizabeth Smither
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Dimensions: 148 x 2 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 88

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A wind that only the widest gardens can hold. A lipstick stain on a poem. A bee released - with recourse to a letter from the Inland Revenue Department. A grey sky like a governess, a mother dressed by her two-year-old son, a flurry of leaves behind a tram. In The Blue Coat, Elizabeth Smither examines the quotidian and the quirky for resonance, for contemplation, for verve. Here 'poetry has a place among other bodies', but also in enclosed gardens, in Chinese restaurants, in margins and in memory - 'sometimes open and hospitable, sometimes secret, behind dark hedges'. Whimsical and tender, this latest collection demonstrates Smither's talent for illuminating the poetry in the everyday - an out-of-season daffodil, a chipped Limoges plate. She is a master of the unfolding poem, in lines that take you from a single image to the cusp of something larger. At times meditative, at times playful, even slightly subversive, this collection impresses with a surety of word, a deft touch and a polished harmony.

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