Author(s): Peter Bland
This volume makes possible a proper assessment of the scope and stature of Peter Bland's workl. These poems - often witty and beautiful - are a lifetime's achievement, a testament to an ongoing power to engage us in his vision. Peter Bland arrived in New Zealand in 1954 and since the 1970's has divided his time between here and the UK, working as an actor, playwright and critic, while developing a poetry of increasing intimacy. These Collected Poems confirm Peter's reputation as one of New Zealand's finest poets. From evocations of the conformist '50s to explorations of the post-modern era, his celebration of idiom and understanding of the modern itinerant mind have helped us to understand ourselves.
His approach to the twin themes of home and exile is original and he has helped to modernize the representation of landscape within New Zealand in recent decades. This alone is no small achievement. - Conor O'Callaghan, Times Literary Supplement
Peter Bland remains one of New Zealand's shrewdest, surest, and most readable poets. - Murray Bramwell, CRNLE Reviews Journal
No New Zealand poet has greater graphic energy or a more creative visual sense. He writes in a carefully crafted vernacular of deceptive skill and power. - Kevin Ireland, NZ Listener