AUP New Poets 4 will be out soon, featuring Harry Jones, Erin Scudder & Chris Tse (published by Auckland University Press).   I don’t know the other two poets, but I was in a poetry workshop with Chris Tse a few years ago and he’s very good.

It will be launched at Te Taratara ā Kae in Victoria University’s Rankine Brown Library on 17th March 5pm – 7pm.

Here is a link to the event on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186779171356102

and here’s a description of the contents:

“This fourth in AUP’s New Poets series includes three very different voices. Chris Tse’s work draws fascinatingly on his family history and Chinese heritage. His selection, ‘Sing Joe’, includes narrative poems about his great-grandparents’ emigration to New Zealand and about his own childhood and his research to uncover their story. Erin Scudder writes sophisticated, dark and flavoursome poetry with close attention to the sound and shape of words. In its treatment of motive and emotion her work feels at once personal and universal, specific yet interested in archetypes and tropes. Harry Jones writes accomplished, elegant, formally adept work. He has a flair for the gorgeous lyric, but his selection, ‘Beyond Hinuera’, also has a subtle range. Together the work of these three writers feels substantial and pleasingly distinct.”

The series is a great way to get to know the work of new poets, three at a time.  I was in AUP New Poets 3 with Katherine Liddy and Reihana Robinson; Volume 2 featured Stu Bagby, Sonia Yelich and Jane Gardner; and Volume 1 had Raewyn Alexander, Anna Jackson and Sarah Quigley.  Here’s to the next volume!