Author(s): Diane Brown
Diane Brown combines a lyrical style with remarkable candour and an eye for the absurd: ironing boards left in strange places, possums falling out of trees, screams in the park, men who throw everything out the door and much more. Readers will recognise the dreams, dilemmas and domestic scenarios explored here. Learning to Lie Together is a collection of Diane Brown's recent poetry, dealing with relationships and with questions of time and place. In particular it deals with relocation from one city and island to another, and physically leaving one's teenage children at the same time as they are leaving the parent in an emotional sense.
Diane Brown, resident in Dunedin, has published three previous works: Before the Divorce We Go to Disneyland (winner of Jessie MacKay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 1977), and two novels, If the Tongue Fits and Eight Stages of Grace (finalist 2003 Montana Award for Fiction). She was a Buddle Finlay Sargeson Fellow in 1997