Gerald Melling was an architect and writer. Born in Liverpool, England, in 1943, he travelled widely before settling in Wellington. His poems appeared in Landfall, Islands, Sport, Takahe, the Listener and elsewhere. The Skybox, a house he designed and built for himself in Egmont St., continues to enjoy a remarkable popularity. Gerald began to write the poems collected in this book when he was diagnosed with cancer in late October 2012. He died in December.