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Mirabile Dictu: paperback (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/07/2009
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Twelve months of a laureate: in 2008 Michele Leggott wrote a poem a week to record her term as the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate. In her new collection of poems Mirabile Dictu ('mi.rah.buh.lay dik.tu' - Wonderful to relate; amazing to say), she relates the wonders of those 12 months, which took her to Matahiwi Marae in Hawke's Bay to receive her brilliant sky-blue, specially carved tokotoko, Te Kikorangi; through a time of mourning for and celebration of former poet laureate Hone Tuwhare; to Florence, across a 'poetic bridge'; and to Wellington 'hand to hand' with four other laureates. With her is Te Kikorangi as guide and companion - 'almost as good as the blue from Kapiti/ we eat when the good times roll'. Leggott also delves back into the past, layering poems of today with poems of then - and finds, among others, Isabella - growing up in a colonial town, 'named for a grandmother over the sea'. The poems in Mirabile Dictu are gifts; they are lush and supple; they glory in language; they go 'looking for a good time' and find rose cuttings, great-aunts, an elephant, several feasts, adorations and assumptions - 'the breathing world'. Through the poems Leggott explores languages within languages, hearing and seeing, coming and going, the porousness of experience and its representations. In this collection she is a daily traveller, crafter of words and maker of fire.

Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869404406
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 230 x 168 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Leggott is arguably our finest living female rhapsodist." --David Eggleton, NZ Listener, on Milk and Honey
"[A] major act of literary recovery and a huge depth charge into the placid ocean of 'New Zealand poetry' . . . [Leggott's] text is the result of extraordinarily thorough scholarship--painstaking location, comparison, and discrimination of variant texts and the like; quite simply, it's of world standard." --Peter Simpson, NZ Listener, on Young Knowledge: The Poems of Robin Hyde

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