Vincent O’Sullivan

The movie may be slightly different

ISBN: 9780864736437

Published May 2011

The movie may be slightly different offers a rich harvest of recent poems displaying the wit, intellectual agility and arresting beauty for which Vincent O’Sullivan is renowned.

Vincent O’Sullivan is one of New Zealand’s leading writers, author of the biography of John Mulgan, Long Journey to the Border, the novels Let the River Stand and Believers to the Bright Coast, and many plays and collections of short stories and poems, most recently Further Conviction Pending: Poems 1998-2008. He is joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Mansfield, has edited a number of major anthologies.

‘O'Sullivan is a witty, intellectual poet and these are poems full of story, full of detail. Auden talks about poetry as ‘memorable speech’ that's what these poems are. I love the life in these poems. Recommended!’ Harry Ricketts on Further Convictions Pending

‘one of the outstanding books of poems of the decade’ Kevin Ireland on Seeing You Asked, winner of the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry

‘There is a kind of luminous spirituality about O’Sullivan’s poetry, that long after you have read the poems, continues to reside in the objects or situations the poems describe.’ Anna Jackson on Lucky Table, shortlisted for the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry

‘The poems shimmer with skill and vigour . . . With this collection his reputation as one of New Zealand's foremost living literary figures takes another step forward.’ Paul Thompson on Nice morning for it, Adam, winner of the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry

‘Blame Vermeer is the real thing, wise beyond the attitudes of wisdom, deft beyond the posturing of deftness, brimming with O'Sullivan's exciting ability simply to talk his understated way into sheer bloody poetry.’ Michael Hulse on Blame Vermeer

'O'Sullivan occupies a deservedly high rank in New Zealand literature, and this large collection proves that his creative drive is going strong. His interest in the past and mortality is never mawkish or morbid, and his keen, refined intelligence is prevalent throughout. the Movie May Be Slightly Different delivers, for the most part, the kind of sophisticated, meditative poetry readers familiar with O'Sullivan will expect.' Cy Mathews, Takahe

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