Praise for Pocket Edition
Reading Geoff Cochranes latest collection through in one sitting is a compulsive experience. Visitors to Cochrane Country may be few, as is the case with most of the tiny outer islands of New Zealand writing - especially that far-flung archipelago of slim volumes, Novum Poetica. Yet the voyage brings a rich reward.
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman THE LISTENER
Cochrane's mix of dark, witty, concentrated lines are well worth storing in a jacket pocket for the spare little moments that beg for a poem.
Paula Green NZ HERALD
Deft, full of pathos and perfectly capturing the fragility of life.
Peter Dornauf WAIKATO TIMES
Geoff Cochrane was born in 1951. He is the author of numerous highly regarded collections of poetry, most recently 84-484, two novels, and two collections of short stories. He lives in Wellington.
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 on 84-484, Dominion Post Book of the Week
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 on 84-484, Lumière Reader Ten Books of the Year
One exits so many slim volumes with slim pickings. Then there are those books of poetry that seem fuller than fiction. Geoff Cochranes 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 on Vanilla Wine
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