Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020
EDITED BY JOHANNA EMENEY
LEADING LITERARY JOURNAL A MEETING GROUND FOR POETS AND POETRY FANS
Want to know what’s going on in New Zealand poetry? Keen to read 133 terrific, newly minted poems? The 2020 edition of the long-running Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, published by Massey University Press in March, is the place to look.
Edited this year by acclaimed poet Dr Johanna Emeney, its 360 pages are bursting with energy and excitement. The featured poet is rising star essa may ranapiri, of whom Emeney says ‘essa’s work is very honest. It is also stylistically skilled and innovative. They are an all-rounder and an impressive newcomer, and I like to give airtime (print time) to good poets with something of import to say. essa’s work touches on mental health, politics, language and gender. The work is so affecting that it could change a mind’.
The 73 others range from the great names of New Zealand poetry — from C.K. Stead and Elizabeth Smither to Kevin Ireland, Chris Tse, Gregory Kan and Tracey Slaughter — as well as vivid new voices. There’s even a graphic essay by the multi-talented Sarah Laing.
As Emeney says, ‘I think that if readers were to place little tags on the poems they really like while they were reading Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020, they’d end up with a book full of little tags. Usually, when I buy a new anthology, I end up with five or six book-marked pages. This selection is a delight. It’s value for money.’
As with previous editions of the Yearbook, in addition to the poems there are reviews of new poetry collections, and the poems by the winners of both the Poetry New Zealand Award and the Poetry New Zealand Schools Award are a key feature.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
JOHANNA EMENEY is a Cambridge graduate with a postgraduate diploma in education and teaches creative writing at Massey
University, Auckland, where she gained her PhD. She has published two books of poetry, Apple and tree (Cape Catley, 2011) and Family History (Mākaro Press, 2017), and an academic book, The Rise of Autobiographical Medical Poetry and the Medical Humanities (Ibidem Press, 2018).
PUBLISHED BY MASSEY UNIVERSITY PRESS, 12 MARCH 2020, RRP $35.00