At the emotional core of this fourth book of poems by New Zealand poet Diana Bridge are the devastating deaths of her mother and brother in a single year. This sense of loss is eased by themes carried forward from her previous books—vivid images culled from her travels in China and India appear in poems about being a writer and the importance of homecoming.
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Admonitions of the Empress
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