12 August 2021
The poems in Dinah Hawken’s Sea-light illuminate the forces – personal, ecological and political – that are re-forming our lives. They light upon small details in their search for peace and connection in an unsettled world. And they are always open to what the sea, in its persistent breaking and reconvening, can teach us.
‘Few writers have the skill to return to the land and the sea with such originality and genuine knowing as Hawken.’ —Sarah Jane Barnett, NZ Booksellers
‘As a poet she utilises economy on the line to build richness above, between and beyond. That plainness of talking makes the impact even stronger, deeper, wider.’ —Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf
Dinah Hawken is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated poets. She was born in Hāwera in 1943 and now lives in Paekākāriki. Sea-light is her ninth collection of poetry.
Cover: Gerda Leenards, Breaker Bay, Looking South (2007)
Paperback, 210x138mm, 60pp.