Night as Day
In her first book, Nikki-Lee Birdsey takes readers from a remote sheep station in the South Island to the neon signs of Queens; from a hotel in Piha to a Walt Whitman Rest Area in New Jersey; from intimately known cities to remembered landscapes. Night as Day describes a New Zealand that is overlapped by the United States and the challenges and almost-joys of navigating between these places, identities and homecomings. Balancing artistic experimentation with frank expression, these poems are mesmerising in their intelligence and beauty.
Named one of the New Zealand Listener's ten best poetry books of 2019
'An assured debut balancing experimentation with frank expression in exploring a dual American–New Zealand identity.' —Nicholas Reid, NZ Listener
'I love the way that I am reading, listening and learning from these poems all at the same time.' —Marcus Hobson, NZBooklovers
Nikki-Lee Birdsey was born in Piha. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA from New York University. Her poems have been published in various journals including The Iowa Review, Fence, LIT, The Volta and Hazlitt. In 2015 she was a visiting faculty fellow at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, where she is currently a PhD candidate.
Cover photograph: Eloise Birdsey