Small Holes in the Silence: Collected Poems — 22.06.11

'Small Holes in the Silence, Collected Poems' by Hone Tuwhare (Icon) will be released by Random House on 15 July.

'A poem is a ripple of words on water wind-huffed' Hone Tuwhare, one of this country's best-loved poets, died in 2008. He became New Zealand's second Te Mata Poet Laureate in 1999 and in 2003 was among ten of New Zealand's greatest living artists named as Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artists. His rhythmic voice ranges from playful, earthy, wry and cheeky to protesting, political and angry, to loving, gentle and elegaic. Delighting in the everyday, he has an acute eye for detail, a deep love of the land, of the sun and moon, of water and weather, and of the passing of time. He evokes Maori myth and waiata, but also embraces the wider world, straying overseas. And throughout, his poems circle around friendship, loss and love. Bringing together a wide variety of approaches - haikus, lyrics, laments, conversations, narratives, traditional form and modern, English and Maori - this volume showcases the finest examples of Hone's poetry, from his early triumph in No Ordinary Sun (one of the most widely read and reprinted collections of poems in New Zealand), through his years as a political activist, husband and father, right up to his final works published in his eighties.

Also included are new translations into Maori of a number of Hone's poems made by Waihoroi Shortland and Selwyn Muru.

Text: Wheelers