Wild Honey

Reading New Zealand women’s poetry

Paula Green

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Soft cover


A comprehensive guide to poetry by New Zealand women poets written by poetry champion Paula Green

New Zealand women have published poetry for over 150 years. In this landmark book, poet and anthologist Paula Green celebrates and makes connections between 201 of them, from emerging poets and those who are household names to those who have slipped from public view or were not paid the honour they were due in their lifetimes.

Wide-ranging, engaging and affecting, Wild Honey celebrates the many ways in which poems by women deserve a place in the literary canon of Aotearoa. Charming and unique, the book’s chapters follow the structure of a house, with different poets being discussed and assessed in each of the house’s rooms.

The selection is enormously generous, the tone is at times gentle and accessible, and Green’s reach is wide. She brings the pioneers of women’s poetry — Jessie Mackay, Blanche Baughan and Eileen Duggan — back from the shadows, and she also draws our attention to the remarkable stories of forgotten women poets such as Lola Ridge.

The book’s release in August 2019 is timed to coincide with National Poetry Day.

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  • CATEGORY: Literature
  • ISBN: 978-0-9951135-9-6
  • ESBN: N/A
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 08/08/2019
  • PAGE EXTENT: 572
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Paula Green has published twelve poetry collections, including several for children.