Author(s): Jennifer Helen McLeod
Jenny McLeod, one of New Zealand's most preeminent composing artists, has produced her first collected work of poetry, Mutterings from a Spiry Crag. McLeod tackles the personal and political with equal measures of passion and wry wit, to create an extremely strong collection of poetry. Encompassing a variety of themes such as the war in Iraq, whanau, and life in Pukerua Bay, the book has broad appeal both locally and internationally. sorry bird, when it's you or us wer'e apt to be stony-hearted, muttering on spiry crags about eagles, powers and higher things, and wondering what you might taste like.
Jenny McLeod lives and mutters at Pukerua Bay, on the precipitous west coast of the North Island, New Zealand. In 1971, at the age of 29, she was appointed professor of music at Victoria University of Wellington. She is renowned for works such as Earth and Sky (1968), Under the Sun (1971), and more recently her celebration of the poetry of Janet Frame, The Poet (1998). In 1997 she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2008 was awarded the Composer’s Association of New Zealand KBB Citation for services to New Zealand music.