Since June is a poised and confident first book of poems. Language slips and miscommunications lead to suddenly unnerving perceptions and leave the reader both moved and a little unbalanced.
‘Louise Wallace can start a poem in the “real” world, then take it off to somewhere else entirely. She’s not afraid of “odd” and she has this great weird syntax which can really disrupt a poem and change all that’s gone before. These are marvellous poems.’ —Jenny Bornholdt
Paperback, 140 x 210mm
Louise Wallace grew up in Gisborne and now lives in Dunedin. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of modern Letters in 2008, and won the Biggs Prize for Poetry. Her poems have been published in literary journals in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S., translated into German and Spanish, and anthologised in Best of Best New Zealand Poems, Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, and most recently Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems. In 2015 she was the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin. She is the founder and editor of Starling, an online journal publishing the work of young New Zealand writers. Bad Things (2017) is her third poetry collection, following Since June (2009) and Enough (2013).