Tusiata Avia

Fale Aitu | Spirit House

ISBN: 9781776560646
$25.00

 

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS

 

MAY 2016

 

Ask the god to open the house of your chest
wide enough that your enemy may enter
 
ask aitu: lie down with me
my heart is open as a window
 
ask aitu: walk with me
my heart is younger than the sun
 
—House
 
Tusiata Avia is an essential voice in New Zealand and Pasifika literature. In her fearless new collection, she weaves together the voices of the living and dead, the past and the present in poems that are confessional and confrontational, gentle and funny. Speaking from Samoa, Christchurch, Gaza and New York, she combines stories from myth and the everyday, never shying away from pain or wonder.
 

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