tumble by Joanna Preston (Otago University Press, 2021), 85pp, $27.50; Reading the Signs by Janis Freegard (The Cuba Press, 2020), 96pp, $25; Slips: Cricket poems by Mark Pirie (Headworx, 2021), 145pp, $30.
‘Female, nude’, the opening poem of Joanna Preston’s sophomore collection tumble, makes itself known with steely assuredness:
The things we prize. Innocence,
the sleeping fire that speaks
through the long white flower
of her spine, the curve
of her hips the rim of a slow
on which to break a man. [Read more…]