Bernadette Hall

Merino Princess, The: Selected Poems

ISBN: 9780864734921

Bernadette Hall is one of the most widely admired contemporary New Zealand poets, with a range that extends from the wickedly funny to the hauntingly beautiful. The Merino Princess brings together the best of her five previous collections.

I once said, only half jokingly, that if I was ever alone in the mountains, I could think of a lot worse than a St Bernard turning up with a barrel of Bernadette Hall's poems around its neck. Her poetry takes one to that kind of thinking – at home in the world, as at home where the world as we usually live it takes a breather, and the lines begin their benign, clear-eyed recasting. Hers are poems whose technical finesse resonates and performs. They are the work of a questing, generous, civilised mind, one that quite knows what its values are, and that syas so in ways that are definingly unique. Bernadette Hall is a one-off. No wonder one waits for the St Bernard.
Vincent O'Sullivan

Bernadette Hall’s most recent collection, Settler Dreaming, was one of three books shortlisted for the A$10,000 Tasmania Pacific Poetry prize, and was highly praised by critics:
‘. . . a beautiful book’ —Anna Jackson, Waikato Times
‘. . . quite outstanding’ —Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times



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