Author(s): Tim Upperton
'These wilfully, calmly disagreeable poems have tenderness and courage at their heart. Both bleak and hilarious, they perturb so deeply that they comfort. The speaker of these poems is often trapped, but from inside his predicament he speaks freely. He scrutinises his subject-a film, a phrase, a loss, a terrible life-giving meal-with a razor-like eye, taking us down with him then giving us solace. I am both glad and fearful that I will never stop reading this book.' - Ashleigh Young, 2014
Long-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - Poetry 2016.
Tim Upperton's first poetry collection, A House On Fire (Steele Roberts), appeared in 2009. His poems have been published widely in magazines in New Zealand and internationally, and in anthologies such as The Best of Best New Zealand Poems, Villanelles, Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century, and 150 Essential New Zealand Poems. He won the Bronwyn Tate Memorial International Poetry Competition in 2011, and the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Competition in 2012 and 2013.