Author(s): Kerrin P Sharpe
The pilgrim poems in this collection persuade the other poems and the readers to join them on a quest for personal meaning. All the while there is the feeling that the movement forward is really towards the place where it all began. There’s a Medical Name for This is the second collection by Kerrin P. Sharpe, who completed the Victoria University Original Composition programme taught by Bill Manhire in 1976 and published her first book, Three Days in A Wishing Well, to acclaim in 2012.
‘Sharpe gives us her memories, beliefs, philosophy – and amid the music we hardly knew she was doing so. Poetry at its finest.’ London Grip ‘Sharpe’s poetry is full of luminosity, impressions and insights from the humane register where nothing goes unnoticed.’ Takahe
Kerrin P. Sharpe was born in Wellington but now lives in Christchurch where she is a poet and a teacher of creative writing. She completed the Victoria University Original Composition programme taught by Bill Manhire in 1976 and has recently returned to writing as her family have grown up and left home. Kerrin’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Hue & Cry, JAAM, the Listener, Poetry NZ, Sport, Takahe, Turbine and the Press, in Best NZ Poems 08, 09 and 10, and in The Best of the Best New Zealand Poems. In 2008 she was awarded the New Zealand Post Creative Writing Teacher’s Award from the Institute of Modern Letters. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at St Andrews College and teaches creative writing at the Hagley Writers’ Institute.