Author(s): Rachel Bush
You think of the Brighton Rock film where Helen Mirren still manages to look like Queen Elizabeth, especially when she wears a headscarf. You think of the poem you wrote about leaving a house, and how houses we have owned will come back to us in dreams. You think about taking your computer into the next room. You think maybe you ought to try to sleep. You think you should just think about your breathing. You do this for several breaths until the thought horses ride over and look at you and you turn to them with their big protruding eyes and you forget about the movement of your breath. Thought Horses Rachel Bush's distinctive, haunting poems acknowledge the consolations and undoings of thought. In Thought Horses we encounter a speaker who as she is stepping outside, or googling an old friend, or lying awake too early is sometimes lifted up, and sometimes overtaken by thought. A beautifully wrought new collection by the author of The Hungry Woman (1997), The Unfortunate Singer (2002), and Nice Pretty Things (2011).
Rachel Bush's poetry is remarkable for the amount of meaning, feeling and wry humour it pivots on the ordinary details of life, and by the verbal lightness of touch brought to even the heaviest of subjects. Sadly, Rachel died recently. This, her last collection, contains some of her very best work. It shows the breadth of her poetic range and the quiet skill with which she assembled and polished her language, from the conversational asides to the deep fugual patterns which tie meaning to the particular and the ordinary. - Thomas
Long-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - Poetry 2017.
Rachel Bush is the author of three collections of poetry, Nice Pretty Things (2011), 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."