Does learning to live well mean seeing touching and listening to nature, which is – when we come down to it – what we are?
Dinah Hawken is one of New Zealand's leading poets. She is celebrated for the grace and precision of her images of the natural world, and for her ability to fuse ecological and spiritual concerns. Oh There You Are Tui! contains the majority of poems from Dinah Hawken's three previous books, all now out of print, along with a substantial group of new poems.
The works are quiet and considered, and attain considerable depth without obvious effort, a result of craft achieved. —Pat White, Wairarapa Times-Age
'a penetrable, magnificent work. . . . She yearns for us all to fit into the world in which we live.' —Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times
Hawken's poems are quiet and unassuming but they pack a real punch. Oh There You Are Tui is a real Kiwi treasure. Lucy Corry, Whanganui Chronicle
'One of Hawken's most remarkable gifts is her ability to write poems that are deeply emotional but not even faintly sentimental or unknowing. This is partly because she writes with a humorous self-consciousness. . . . She has a great lyric gift, the capacity to use the full emtional range but keep a muscular grip on it. —Lydia Wevers, NZ Listener