Salt Water Creek

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Enitharmon Press, 2003 - Poetry - 64 pages
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Rhian Gallagher’s first collection draws the reader into spaces and across landscapes, from New Zealand to London, and Ireland to New York. With a light touch, her precise, vivid language describes childhood geographies, the death of parents, moments of solitude and erotic love between women. The poems unfold in a deceptively relaxed style and are full of stings and surprises.

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Rhian Gallagher was born in the South Island of New Zealand. She lived in London for 18 years and returned to New Zealand in 2006. Gallagher's first collection, Salt Water Creek, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for First Collection in 2003. She received a Canterbury History Foundation grant (NZ) in 2007. Feeling for Daylight: The Photographs of Jack Adamson was published by the South Canterbury Museum, NZ, 2010. In 2008, Gallagher received the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award (NZ). Her second collection of poetry, Shift, was published by Enitharmon and was the New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2012.

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