The Leaf Ride
Published April 2011
Finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards 2012.
There is a remarkable range of poems in The Leaf-Ride as it travels along in its down-welling, up-welling drift: poems that range from the power of a single word to the horror of violence to the joy of a newborn child. At the heart of the book are three sequences to stand alongside those that have formed the backbone of Dinah Hawken's acclaimed oeuvre: a contemplative poem written beside Lake Geneva; the Building Sonnets, which observe the construction of a new room; and Peace on Earth, which was commissioned to accompany a performance of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross. Shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards.
'The poetry arises from tension between the solidity of the earth and the impermanence of human life and activity. The volume embodies all the qualities we most cherish in Hawken’s work, the engagement with landscape, the almost visionary sense of spirituality, an intense personal vision and a powerful emotional presence.' - Patricia Prime