The Summer King

Joanna Preston

The Summer King: Poems

Otago University Press, 2009
Hardback, 210 x 140 mm, 80 pp
ISBN 978 1 877372 69 8
rrp: NZ$29.99


Winner of the 2008 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry
Winner of the the 2010 Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize

Technical skill, originality, verve, wit and humanity …

– Fleur Adcock
judge of the 2008 Kathleen Grattan Award

A fine and fierce first book.

– Gillian Clarke

the summer king actual back cover

Her ear is attuned, her eye is sharp, and her taste is assured. Add to this a mordant wit and a gift for imagery that is at once startling and right, and you have a writer whose work in turn moves, surprises and delights.

– James Norcliffe

Poised and sensual poetry, with unsettling energies always threatening to break the subtle surface.

– Philip Gross

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Copies are $25 (incl. postage) within New Zealand, NZ$35 to Australia, NZ$40 elsewhere.

3 Replies to “The Summer King”

  1. I wanted to buy “The Summer King” and have recommended that my local library buy a copy, but fishpond have no more copies!!! Are they still being printed?

    1. Hi Belinda,
      yes, there are plenty of copies – no idea why Fishpond are saying that!

      If they’ve run out of copies in their warehouse, it’ll just be a matter of 24 hrs to get new stock couriered up from Dunedin. It may be that they’re waiting for more people to order copies before they do. (The intricacies of e-commerce are beyond me!)

      Either way, I’ll get my publisher to give them a prod. Sorry you’ve had to wait.

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