shortlisted for the 2002 Montana NZ Book Awards
first equal Best Cover - 2002 Spectrum Print Book Design Awards
designer Sarah Maxey
Brian Turners first book of poems for a decade finds him in fine voice.
Taking Off distills the experiences of an eventful decade, with Brian Turner's characteristic wit and feeling. There are poems here about separation, about the poet's relationship with his aging father, about departed friends. There are also poems about fishing, golf and cricket, and about living in the austere paradise of Central Otago.
Praise for Taking Off
. . .Turner has the sense to tell it straight rather than clutter it with imagery or filter it through metaphor. Sarah Putt XTRA
Turner writes heartening and humble poems which reveal the country without trying to mythologise it, capturing the impact of different landscapes and exposing the impermanence of humans in the face of nature. . . this is rugged New Zealand poetry with a broken heart, combining a wide view with intimate moments.
Esther Quin SALIENT
Turner's sheer craftsmanship illuminates his commonplace themes like the clear southern light.
Robin Smith WANGANUI CHRONICLE