(The poet’s ongoing love affair with his Central Otago hom...)
The poet’s ongoing love affair with his Central Otago home lies at the heart of this rich and compelling new collection that explores the politics of relationships and relationships themselves. Through a combination of people and place that gives the poems color and humor, the volume also examines friendship, politics, death, and the machinations of the modern business world. The mountains and lakes of the central South Island have a strong presence in the imagery, while wry observations of people in that landscape move the collection far beyond the confines of simple landscape poetry.
(Comprising a substantial new collection by an award-winni...)
Comprising a substantial new collection by an award-winning poet, this anthology ranges from love poems and elegies to satire, protest, and metaphysical speculation. The book concludes with a highly original piece, presenting a raw and risky sequence written in the wake of major surgery. The entire selection contends that everything ultimately plays a part in defining the contours of love, loss, and longing that form the map of the human heart. Featuring many compositions that reflect the natural setting of the author’s home in Central Otago, New Zealand, this compilation boldly travels beyond mere poems of landscape, resulting in a strong representation of one of the country’s foremost creative voices.
(This is the story of a typical Dunedin childhood, surroun...)
This is the story of a typical Dunedin childhood, surrounded by 'nobies' - an extended family of eccentric grandparents and uncles, cousins and neighbours - who made a huge impact on a young mind. It's also the story of a not-so-typical family that was fanatical about sport - cycling, hockey, cricket, golf, fishing - and went on to produce top-ranking sportsmen. It's also the story of the growth of one of New Zealand's most loved poets. It shows three boys who became somebodies, but no better nor worse than the nobodies who inspired them.
Brian Turner played hockey for New Zealand in the 1960s, and senior cricket in Dunedin and Wellington, and was also a veteran road cyclist of note. His mountaineering experience includes an ascent of a number of major peaks including Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Turner worked as a customs officer at Customs Department in Dunedin from 1962 to 1964 and in Christchurch from 1964 to 1966. He then became trade and university sales representative and editor at the Oxford University Press in Wellington, New Zealand in 1968-1974. In 1974 Turner was a radio journalist at Radio Otago in Dunedin.
Besides, Brian Turner also was a managing editor at John Mclndoe Ltd. in Dunedin between 1975 and 1983, then from 1985 to 1986.
Brian Turner issued his first poetry "Ladders of Rain" in 1978. Two years later he authored his second poetry "Ancestors". In 1982 he wrote his first non-fiction "Images of Coastal Otago".
In 1997 Brian Turner became writer-in-residence at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Turner's writing includes columns and reviews for daily and weekly newspapers, articles, given radio talks, and written scripts for TV programmes. His publications include cricket books with his brother Glenn Turner, the former NZ cricket captain, essays, books on fishing, the high country, and eight collections of poetry. His other brother is golfer Greg Turner.
As of 2008, Turner lives in Oturehua, a town of 30-40 people in the Maniototo region of Central Otago. He moved there in late 1999.
(The poet’s ongoing love affair with his Central Otago hom...)2009
(Comprising a substantial new collection by an award-winni...)2011
(This is the story of a typical Dunedin childhood, surroun...)2002
Brian Turner is divorced and has a son.