Night's Glass Table

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Interactive Publications, 2012 - Poetry - 87 pages
The poems in Night's Glass Table are tight and emotionally powerful, and deal with themes such as death, grief and love.

Zelas chooses her words with care, and her poems are always eloquent and evocative. She demonstrates a sound use of conventions, and her writing is well-crafted and technically excellent.

Night's Glass Table won the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book Award.

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It took me a little while to warm up to this collection by Christchurch poet Karen Zelas, but once I did, I enjoyed these sharply-observed poems about relationships, travel, family, and life in post-quake Christchurch. Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Karen Zelas lives in quake-struck Christchurch. A former psychiatrist and sychotherapist, she returned to university, taking creative writing papers at Canterbury University in preparation for giving up her day job.

Since 2004, her poetry has been increasingly widely published within New Zealand, including in Landfall, Poetry New Zealand and Takahē, and broadcast on radio. It has also appeared in Australian ezines Snorkel and Eclecticism and recently been blogged by Interlitq (UK). Several anthologies contain her work. Her first novel Past Perfect was published by Wily Publications in 2010, and was released in ebook editions by Interactive Publications this year.

Having an interest in the visual presentation of poetry, Karen participated, in April 2007, in an exhibition entitled feathers unfettered, featuring her series of poems about native birds of New Zealand. The exhibition was mounted with artist Galina Kim and quilter Sue Spigel, in Christchurch.

In 2009, she was the recipient of a Creative Communities grant. Karen is editor of the anthology Crest to Crest: Impressions of Canterbury, prose and poetry (Wily Publications, 2009). For the last five years, Karen has been Fiction Editor of Takahē literary magazine and chairs the Takahē Collective Board.

She is married with children, grandchildren and child-substitute: a miniature poodle.

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