84-484 was my grandparents telephone number in the 1950s. Absent from my head for donkeys years, it made its return last night as I was watching Antiques Roadshow
Yes, 84-484 is my title.
in ghostly pastel glyphs
is the one I almost chose: Dubious Truths.
Geoff Cochranes new book is a stunning new collection from one of NZs very best poets:
One exits so many slim volumes with slim pickings. Then there are those books of poetry that seem fuller than fiction. Geoff Cochrane's is a whole world, rendered in lines at once compressed and open, mysterious and approachable. These are poems of great formal poise and terrific candour. Damien Wilkins
Praise for 84 484
Named One of the Lumiere Reader's Ten Books of the Year
This characteristically shrewd collection, from one of the most remarkable poets in the VUP stable, deserves respect. My grandmother was a troubled woman. Troubled and troubling and troublesome. An ageing Ophelia determined to remain dismayed by sex. By sex in particular and life in general. If youre curious or impressed, seek out 84 484 and read on.
Amy Brown LUMIERE READER
Book of the Week
...it becomes apparent that Cochrane is not merely a frugal poet, thriftily recycling anecdotal skerricks and wisps of philosophical thoughts and self-destructive deeds into highly crafted and sophisticated works of art, but also a darkly humorous memorialist: a keeper of the keys for marginal Wellington.
David Eggleton DOMINION POST
Ripe, and intoxicating.
Peter Dornauf WAIKATO TIMES
This collection has a sense of sadness and melancholy. Cochrane yearns almost for the way things used to be, but all of it has an edge. Intimate murmurs have become articulate moans. All these poems have a sense of biting worry and longing. This is good stuff that points at the things that are really important - life, love and perception.
Hamesh Wyatt OTAGO DAILY TIMES
...84 484 consistently rewards our attention
Hugh Roberts THE LISTENER
If you're already a Geoff Cochrane fan, his latest work will not be disappointing. Cochranes relaxed precision, stunning vocabulary and formidable concision are all happily present in 84-484, a book full of memories, characters, Wellington, self-portraits and riddles.
...84-484 is a full and distinctive collection, brimming with stories, skill and knowledge peculiar to this poet. If this were to be Cochranes last book (which I certainly hope it wont) itd make, I think, a good substitute for a memoir.
Amy Brown LUMIERE READER
The title work 84-484 combines childhood memories - marzipan mice, Napoleon cakes, scars - with more adult observations: "My grandmother was a troubled woman. Troubled and troubling and troublesome. An ageing Ophelia determined to remain dismayed by sex. By sex in particular and life in general."
This is sensitively orchestrated so that it works in a way that is delicate and non-judgmental.What is not said is also part of the work, and the style is one of anecdotal simplicity and a notably hands-off treatment by the writer.
... Cochrane's latest slim volume is surprisingly seductive in its modesty and humour.
Abby Cunnane CAPITAL TIMES
About the author
Geoff Cochrane is the author of several highly regarded collections of poetry, the novels Tin Nimbus and Blood, and two collections of short stories. He lives in Wellington.