Emma Neale is a New Zealand poet well worth reading.
The poems in “Spark” range widely in subject matter. Poems about bringing up children, family life and lost love have been selected here along with poems about New Zealand places and Kiwi experiences.
Neale’s poems are carefully crafted. There is a deceptive simplicity about her work at first glance but structure is ever present. In her poem ‘Skin”, for instance, perfect symmetry is achieved by a careful balancing of imagery before and after betrayal. These are careful, considered poems – no words are wasted. Images leap off pages in crisp succession. A child’s body is “cashew – white”, a cat’s tongue is “a swift pink strop”, water is “blown like blue milk”, and moonlight spreads “on the kitchen table like fresh, inviting linen.”
These poems are careful works of art. No mere cries from the heart or self-important pufferies here!
Try the work of Emma Neale. She captures the world and releases it repackaged in deeper, more meaningful form.
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