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A Canoe in Midstream
A Canoe in Midstream

A Canoe in Midstream

Poems New & Old


168 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: April 2010

ISBN 9781877257797

Rights: WOR X NZ

Canterbury University Press (Apr 2010)

Price: $16.95


This fifth volume of poetry from a beloved New Zealand troubadour includes new work and some old favorites, including "Sad Joke on a Marae" and "Coca-Cola Jesus and Mitsubishi Mary." Taylor's poems vary in tone, from rage to quiet meditation, and unusual layouts of letters and words are used to visually enhance his themes. Explored topics include nature and landscape, love and war, poverty and racism, and the poet's Maori ancestry.


"Apirana Taylor is seer and shapeshifter, poet and warrior: strength and love find equal balance in verse that is alternatively raging and lyrical, dramatic and meditative, haka and haiku."  —Fiona Farrell, author, Limestone

Author Biography

Apirana Taylor is a popular poet, novelist, playwright, actor, musician, painter, and the author of He Tangi Aroha, Ki Te Ao, and Te Ata Kura. He is of Maori and Pakeha descent, with affiliation to the Ngati Porou, Te Whanau-a-Apanui, and Ngati Ruanui tribes.