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A Place to Go On From
A Place to Go On From

A Place to Go On From

The Collected Poems of Iain Lonie

Edited by David Howard


392 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $47.95)

Publication Date: July 2015

ISBN 9781927322017

Rights: US, CA, UK & EUR

Otago University Press (Jul 2015)

Price: $39.95


Dunedin poet Iain Lonie (1932–1988), a Cambridge scholar who enjoyed an international reputation as a medical historian, died before his poetry was fully appreciated. He published five slim volumes but his style was not the one that dominated New Zealand poetry at the time. This collection, assembled from sources public and private, is the result of poet David Howard's determination to rescue a memorable body of work from oblivion. As well as the poems from Lonie's published volumes, it includes over a hundred unpublished works, two essays, and an extensive commentary. While his keen interest in mortality was focused by the premature death of his wife Judith, Lonie's poetry is also an attempt to recover the loved in us all. As he eavesdrops on desire and grief he reports back, often wittily, leaving the most poised body of elegiac poetry New Zealand has.


"Iain Lonie's poems see clearly but never shrug their shoulders. This book is going to be essential."  —Bill Manhire, New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate

"We cannot overestimate just how much we owe to David Howard for his superb edition of Iain Lonie's complete poems. Just as I, for one, cannot sidestep a certain shame at not realizing until now how fine and important a writer Lonie was. He brought to his poetry the precision and clarity and intellectual force of a gifted classical scholar. He was patiently indifferent to passing fashions, with his own more enduring touchstones. And in a remarkable fidelity to the tides of his productive but troubled life, he wrote a body of poems on love and grief and the searing currents of remembrance that, in New Zealand writing, stands alone."  —Vincent O'Sullivan, New Zealand Poet Laureate 2013–2015

"I count myself fortunate to have known Iain Lonie as editor and mentor. His fine sensitivity to poetic syntax and nuance is evident in this collected work."  —Cilla McQueen, three-time winner, New Zealand Book Award for Poetry

Author Biography

David Howard is a poet, a cofounder of Takahe magazine, and the author of The Incomplete Poems. He collaborated with the artist Peter Ransom on You Look So Pretty When You're Unfaithful to Me and has received the New Zealand Society of Authors Mid-Career Writers' Award, the University of South Pacific Poetry Prize, the Robert Burns Fellowship, and the Otago Wallace Residency.