Vanilla Wine

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Victoria University Press, 2003 - Poetry - 72 pages
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Featuring a sequence of poems on the life of eccentric French composer Erik Satie, this collection confidently builds on the poet's earlier efforts. Still present, however, are the lush and unsettling lyrics for which Cochrane is best known as well as spare and precise language that fixes on a melancholy mood and doggedly stays with it through complex shifts of thought and imagery.
 

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Contents

Roman numerals
9
Anzac Day
15
Infancy and childhood?
21
Vanilla Wine
27
An immense intelligence
33
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About the author (2003)

Geoff Cochrane is a poet and fiction writer. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, and he has published several volumes of poetry. He published a novella, 'Quest Clinic' in 1992, and his first novel, Tin Nimbus (1995), describes an alcoholic┐s quest for sobriety and eventual escape from institutions that may provide it. Cochrane was the recipient of a 2014 Laureate Award. In 2015 his title Wonky Optics made The New Zealand Best Seller List.

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