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Lifted

Bill Manhire

Lifted by Bill Manhire
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ISBN: 978 1 857548 94 5
Categories: 21st Century, New Zealand
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2007
216 x 135 x 4 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • There are mothers and fathers, Kevin, whom we barely know.
    They lift us. Eventually we all shall go
    into the dark furniture of the radio.

    from 'Kevin'

    The last lines of Bill Manhire's astonishing poem 'Kevin' lie at the heart of this book. These poems want urgently to know how the secular spirit can lift itself in the face of mortality and human violence. They are full of richness and courage and surprise, turning from grief to curiosity; then to beauty, humour, anger, gratitude, acceptance - and once again to curiosity. Lifted is a book by a poet writing at the height of his powers.

    'Turning the pages of Lifted, no reader can fail to be surprised and delighted by the variety of voices and tones ...Manhire shows not only his mature formal skills but his ability to look unflinchingly into the heart of things. Manhire's poems make us feel as if we are really there.' - Billy Collins, Dominion Post

    'Manhire is in darkly brilliant form in this death-haunted but scintillating collection.' - Peter Simpson, New Zealand Herald (an NZ Herald 'Book of the Year')
    Without Form 11
    The God’s Journey 15
    Song: Alzon 17
    Across Brooklyn 18
    The Ladder 19
    Opoutere 20
    Still Life with Wind in the Trees 25
    The Writer 26
    The First Film 28
    After the Movie 29
    Creative Nonfiction 30
    The Party Next Door 31
    Unusual Film Idea 32
    An Inspector Calls 33
    Hotel Belair 34
    Encouragement 35
    Dogs 36
    Erebus Voices 40
    The Monks 42
    My Childhood in Russia 44
    Mist 46
    OE 47
    Global Track 48
    Two Literals 49
    Entering America 50
    Hotel Emergencies 51
    The News 53
    The Park 54
    False William 56
    Medical 57
    Old Man Talking in His Sleep 58
    Bumps 60
    Death of a Poet 62
    The Confident Troubador 64
    Palais Lutetia 65
    Villa Ephrussi 66
    Birds of Europe 72
    Menton 74
    Hunky-dory 75

    Kevin 79
    Bill Manhire was born in Invercargill in 1946. He was his country's inaugural Poet Laureate and has won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry four times. He holds a personal chair at the Victoria University of Wellington, where he directs the celebrated creative writing programme and the International Institute of ... read more
    'Manhire changes tack in every poem, coming at us with different techniques and different personae. It's a marvellously varied performance...Lifted is a short book, but few readers will be able to take it all in at a single sitting. It demands -and rewards- re-reading.'
    Iain Sharp, Sunday Star Times
    'The biggest noise in New Zealand poetry is Bill Manhire... Manhire has always known how to look at the human condition and state it simply through his poems. 'Lifted' is confident and emotive in what it tries to achieve. ...'Lifted' is shining stuff from truly one of our best poets. Definitely check this one out.'
    Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times
    'Turning the pages of 'Lifted', no reader can fail to be surprised and delighted by the variety of voices and tones... Manhire shows not only his mature formal skills but his ability to look unflinchingly into the heart of things. He is a poet in which a sly sense of humour is coupled with a respect for whatever truths a poem can wring out of experience. ...Manhire’s poems make us feel as if we are really there.'
    Billy Collins, Dominion Post
    Praise for Bill Manhire 'I love this latest collection of poems. . . They are hauntingly beautiful.'
    Alexandrina Ellis, Salient 
    'Manhire is in darkly brilliant form in this death-haunted but scintillating collection.'
    Peter Simpson, New Zealand Herald    
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