Violinist In Spring, The
The first collection by one of New Zealand’s most promising young poets.
‘Anna Smaill’s poems are the result of a deep and patient meditation and have been, as it were, truly lived through, so they ring true.’
‘There is a rhythmic confidence, a musicality about her use of cadence and syntax, which makes her poems stick on the page; and there is a way in which quite idiosyncratic unfoldings of clauses and phrases seem entirely effortless and quite inevitable.’
Anna Smaill was born in Auckland 1979. She holds a BA in English and Music (including Performance Violin) which she completed at both Auckland and Canterbury Universities. She gained an MA in English from Auckland University (2001) and her thesis was written on Janet Frame. She also holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. Her novel The Chimes was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. Her poems have appeared in Sport, Landfall and the NZ Listener.