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Lily Holloway

AUP New Poets 8

“The poets whose work is brought together in AUP New Poets 8 all write with an intoxicating sense of the world’s beauty, its depth and distances. All three poets are concerned with memory and its traces, with artistry and the forms it can take, with the natural world at its most infinitesimal and at its most vast.

I have loved travelling through the worlds evoked in these poems, some so familiar, some so remote, all so alluring.”

— from the foreword by Anna Jackson

Holloway’s “aural and linguistic deftness, the sweet measure of surprise, the variegated forms, the connecting undercurrents, the honey, the bitterness. Her poems run on the rewarding premise that poems don’t need the full explanation, that tactile detail and deft juxtapositions can unmask love, desire, razor edges, self-exposure. Pocket narratives are equally sublime.”

review by Paula Green for Kete Books

“Three poets, three distinctive voices sampling on a wide – perhaps endless – continuum of topoi and technique. After all, ‘There is no end to possible meanings’ (from Holloway’s Is any of this relevant? pp. 17–19).”

review by Vaughan Rapatahana

Holloway’s “voice is mature and contemplative, her collection ‘a child in that alcove’ contains some beautiful compositions of the English language.”

review by Chris Reed for NZ Booklovers

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