Made for Weather: Poems

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Otago University Press, 2007 - Poetry - 60 pages
Cooke's theme, like Robin Hyde's, is one of finding 'a home in this world': hers is an authentic poetry of place, with a fidelity to experience comparable to that of other more established poets such as Bernadette Hall or Brian Turner. Poems contain an array of striking images, developed from Cooke's exposure as a child and adolescent to the wind-whipped coastline of Orepuki, now a ghost town on the eastern fringe of Te WaewaeBay, near Fiordland. The passing of seasons features in the background of scenes which are dominated by ostensibly contemporary concerns such as a wild and woolly boyfriend, or collecting Toheroa. The poet has a gift for capturing people in day-to-day, incidental situations. Cooke has forged poetry out of common speech which synthesises unpretentiously the elemental energy at her fingertips.

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This is a lovely collection of poems about life, landscape and growing up in the far south of New Zealand. It's intensely evocative for me, because I lived in or visited many of the places Kay ... Read full review

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