Monday, May 15, 2017

Collected Poems 1981-2016 - Michael O'Leary

New release from HeadworX

Title: Collected Poems 1981-2016

Author: Michael O’Leary
Release: May 2017

Price: $35.00NZ / $24.95AUD
ISBN: 978-0-473-38831-7
Extent: 260 pages
Category: NZ Poetry
Format: paperback

Cover image: The Earl of Seacliff by Patricia Pink

Collected Poems
Collected Poems 1981-2016 is a thirty-five year retrospective from an important Irish-Māori influenced writer. It offers the most complete view so far of O’Leary’s remarkable literary achievement and offers a body of original and significant work that continues to grow in stature and regard in Aotearoa-New Zealand and world literature.

 “…a powerful writer who never falls into mediocrity and consistently shows a strain of genius.” – F. W. N. Wright

“There is raw vigour infusing these poems.” – New Zealand Herald

“Irishness, Māoritanga, proudly held working-class values, rock ‘n’ roll, buses, trains, ferries, Baudelaire – you’ll find them all in this book…There’s an inextinguishable joyousness at the heart of [O’Leary’s] work that makes reading him an upbeat and uplifting experience.” – Iain Sharp, from the Introduction

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About the Author
Michael O’Leary is a poet, novelist, publisher, performer and bookshop proprietor. He writes in both English and Māori; and his diverse and prolific work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction explores his dual influences: Māori (Te Arawa) on his maternal side and Irish Catholic on his father’s as well as his mother’s. Born in Auckland in the year of the Tiger 1950, he was educated at the universities of Auckland, Ōtago (Dunedin), and Victoria University (Wellington) where he completed his MA and PhD theses. His Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint (inspired by Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’, the Beatles’ Apple label, and John and Yoko’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’), which he founded in 1984, has published some of his own prolific output, as well as many other New Zealand writers. Michael O’Leary is a trustee for the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa (PANZA), a charitable trust dedicated to archiving, collecting and promoting New Zealand poetry.
He now lives in Paekakariki, north of Wellington.

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