A Place to Return To


A Place To Return To is a rich and rewarding experience. The tone is elegiac and erudite, an erudition worn lightly and leavened by flashes of self-deprecating wit. `Attentive to the words between our words, the poems reach for the ineffable, the transcendent, seeking things of the spirit in the minutiae of closely observed landscapes–hills, sea, rocks–and they range widely across New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Memory and the present coexist in these poems in a wistful fusion and always, turning away from darkness, they tell us `what it means to walk inside the light’. –James Norcliffe `Poetry, as some sort of explanation, or in lieu of any explanation; or perhaps, an attempt at saying the essentially unsayable . . . this seems to be my poetic project.’ –John Allison.

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Allison, John