Author(s): Rachel Bush
'My poems don't start from ideas, but from bits of language, maybe a turn of phrase that's like a tune that plays over and over in my mind. A poem can often be like a game in my head, where I want to think about something I don't fully understand. Recently a child said to me, "I'm not me. I'm someone else. I'm very strong. I'm Richie McCaw." It's easy when you're four years old to play this sort of game. Writing is one way that as an adult I can take on a different persona.'
Rachel Bush's new collection of poetry, Nice Pretty Things, is a delight. As I sat and read these poems, I was transported to place and person. Rachel evokes the hospital ward, the old folks' home, the ordinariness of life, the family and friendship with clarity and insight. Small details evoke feelings that are meaningful and true; her ability and skill as a poet enables her to create a sense of place and feeling that seems to lift off the page without effort. The poems in this collection are quietly witty, contemplative and cleverly layered with anger, frustration and love.
We will be launching Rachel's book on Monday 14th November 2011. Stella
Rachel Bush is the author of two collections of poetry, The Hungry Woman (1997) and The Unfortunate Singer (2002). She has also appeared in Faber's Introduction 3 as well as in anthologies and journals such as Sport, Landfall and the Listener. She lives in Nelson.