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A Good Handful
A Good Handful

A Good Handful

Great New Zealand Poems About Sex

Edited by Stu Bagby


128 Pages, 5 3/4 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: April 2008

ISBN 9781869404031

Rights: US, CA, UK, EUR, ASIA & ZA

Auckland University Press (Apr 2008)

Price: $19.95


This poetry anthology was conceived as something of a stunt to heighten the visibility of New Zealand writers. All the contributors are New Zealanders, and all of the more than 100 poems address the topic of sex—not love, just sex. The result is a collection that tackles sex from every angle, including the comic in Karl Stead's "The Clodian Songbook," the confessional in Rachel McAlpine's "A Frightened Poem about My Breasts," the metaphysical in James K. Baxter's "On the Death of Her Body," and the just plain horny in Vincent O'Sullivan's "Remembering Westmere."


"A handsome book that does indeed feel good to hold." —Takahe

Author Biography

Stu Bagby is the author of As It Was in the Beginning and was the 2000 winner of the New Zealand Poetry Society's International Poetry Competition.