A collection of the work of 28 young and mid-career poets - who came to prominence in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s - notable for their variety, their fresh approaches to poetic form and subject - and their distinctive but complementary voices. This book is a companion to the bestselling Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance and Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance. It presents material from the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive, completed in 2004 - more than two hours of poets reading their own work. The accompanying book contains the texts of the poems as they have been read. Selected bibliographies and short biographies for each poet are also included, as well as an appendix of variant readings.
Jack Ross is a New Zealand poet and fiction-writer. His publications include three full-length books of poems, numerous poetry chapbooks, three novels, a novella, and two books of short stories. He has also edited a number of books and literary magazines, including (with Jan Kemp) the trilogy of audio / text anthologies Classic, Contemporary and New NZ Poets in Performance (Auckland University Press, 2006-8).
He has a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from Edinburgh University, and lectures in English and Creative Writing at Massey University's Auckland Campus. You can find details of previous and upcoming publications at his blog The Imaginary Museum [http://mairangibay.blogspot.com/].