Does learning to live well mean seeing touching and listening to nature, which is when we come down to it what we are?
Dinah Hawken is one of NZ's leading poets. She is celebrated for the grace and precision of her images of the natural world, and for her ability to fuse ecological and spiritual concerns.
Oh There You Are Tui contains the majority of poems from Dinah Hawkens three previous books, all now out of print, along with a substantial group of new poems.
Praise for Oh There You Are Tui
The works are quiet and considered, and attain considerable depth without obvious effort, a result of craft achieved.
Pat White WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE
... a penetrable, magnificent work. Hawken is assured and smooth in what she says in her verse. I like how she is inspired to say many things. She yearns for us all to fit into the world in which we live. If you want to read poems which have that sense of tender longing, these are the ones for you. This is lush, moist and beautiful stuff.
Hamesh Wyatt OTAGO DAILY TIMES
Hawkens poems are quiet and unassuming but they pack a real punch. Oh There You Are Tui is a real Kiwi treasure.
Lucy Corry WANGANUI CHRONICLE
... one of Hawkens most remarkable gifts is her ability to write poems that are deeply emotional but not even faintly sentimental or unknowing. This is partly because she writes with a humorous self-consciousness Sunsets are for poets and theres not a thing I can do with this one and partly because she has a great lyric gift, the capacity to use the full emtional range but keep a muscular grip on it.
Lydia Wevers LISTENER