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The Lifers
The Lifers

The Lifers

POETRY

92 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $24.00)

Publication Date: June 2020

ISBN 9781988592077

Rights: US & CA

Otago University Press (Jun 2020)

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Overview

From Sean Macgregor's lounge occupied by stoned youths to three bank robbers en route to the Penrose ANZ, Michael Steven's second collection presents his clear, clean vision of 'the lifers' who inhabit these islands and beyond. A generation's subterranean memories of post-Rogernomics New Zealand are a linking thread in the decades straddling the millennium, while other poems echo with the ghostly voices of the dead, disappeared and forgotten. Steven's writing neither patronises nor romanticises in its intricate depictions of small worlds of violence, despair, love, and struggle. Always it refers back to the redemption of human connection as its magnetic pole.

Author Biography

Michael Steven is the author of the acclaimed Walking to Jutland Street (Otago University Press, 2018). He was recipient of the 2018 Todd New Writer's Bursary, and his poems were shortlisted for the 2019 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize. He lives and writes in West Auckland.