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THE GOOSE BATH POEMS

by Janet Frame

Edited by Pamela Gordon, Denis Harold and Bill Manhire


Janet Frame used to keep geese, using the base of an old garden fountain as their bath. In later years the geese went but the bath was brought indoors as a receptacle into which Janet piled her jottings as she reworked and developed her poems. Over time the bath overflowed with paper, including hundreds of unpublished poems. By the time Janet died she had named her hoped-for but elusive new selection "The Goose Bath".

From this treasure trove, Pamela Gordon, Denis Harold and Bill Manhire have selected over a hundred poems that illustrate the shape of Janet Frame's life; her childhood and the subsequent difficult years in mental hospitals; her travels around the world; her life as a writer and return to New Zealand; growing older and facing illness and death.

The poems reveal her love of words, for cats, for the changing seasons, the arts and for this country. There are love poems, meditations on mortality, flashes of humour and startling imagery. And always she celebrates the power of the human imagination.

This selection is beautiful and thought-provoking, a lasting legacy from one of this country's most acclaimed writers.


Published by Vintage Books in 2007, reprint. First published bin 2006

Hardcover (with dust jacket) - 221 pages

Very good unmarked condition


NOTE: This is a registered charity auction with proceeds being donated to worthy causes in the community
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