Author(s): Bryan Walpert
In Native bird, Bryan Walpert - who arrived here from the United States a decade ago - writes of what it's been like to be an observer or 'birdwatcher' in a land whose physical and cultural geographies he is still learning to name. With precision and insight, he weaves meditations on birds with the demands of family life in semi-rural, wind-charged Manawatu. At the shifting borders between homes and hearts, prose and poetry, call and song - the poet summons what it means to adapt to new landscapes in an arresting collection that speaks to us all.
Bryan Walpert has published poetry, fiction and essays in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada, and widely in his native United States. His work has received the James Wright Poetry Award from the Mid-American Review, first prize in the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, the Manhire Prize in Creative Science Writing for fiction and a Dialogica award in essay writing from Australia. He has also been a finalist in the Stephen F Austin State University Press Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize and the Montreal Poetry Prize. He teaches creative writing at Massey University in Palmerston North. This is his third collection. 'Walpert has a natural narrative voice that works through lovingly observed overlapping images, gently pulling the reader into a shared, spiritually rewarding journey. One could not ask for more of poetry.' Roald Hoffmann, Nobel-winning chemist and poet.