Hypnic jerks occur on the point of sleep when our brains, alarmed by the sensation of falling, send out our limbs to catch us.
The poems in Hypnic Jerksespecially the two highly innovative stories in verse, "A Green Jesus" and "Little Bits of Harry"seem to come from this zone, in which the settled order of apparent autobiography is disrupted or illuminated by fragments of surreal imagery or language play.
Praise for Hypnic Jerks
... a deeply ironic, blasphemous, satisfying communion.
Mark Houlahan DOMINION POST
These are thoughtful, funny poems. His stories in verse "A Green Jesus" and "Little Bits of Harry" show how Cochrane is full of clever ideas and intelligence.
Hamesh Wyatt OTAGO DAILY TIMES
Praise for Vanilla Wine
One exits so many slim volumes with slim pickings. Then there are those books of poetry which seem fuller than fiction. Geoff Cochranes Vanilla Wine 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
This guy doesn't need to dip into rhyme to cook up poetry; his sentences are 11 herbs and spices. They make me gush: so evocative, such craftily crafted imagery, such a gift for a succinct turn. Nick Ascroft, NEW ZEALAND BOOKS