Mapping the Distance, by Ingrid Horrocks
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This superb collection of poems shows the benefit of ten years gestation. The major part of the book consists of poems coming from years spent living and studying overseas and then settling back in New Zealand and starting a family. With its broad scope and variety of lyric styles, Mapping the Distance is a landmark book.
Ingrid Horrocks is one of New Zealand’s leading emerging writers, author of a chapbook of poems, Natsukaashi (1998), Travelling With Augusta (2003), an innovative blend of research and personal writing that has also been published in Italian, and a number of short stories. She has a PhD from Princeton University, and lives in Wellington with her partner and twin daughters.
‘Horrocks writes beautifully and simply. She is not only a keen observer, but also that most fortunate of travellers – someone that things happen to.’ — New Zealand Listener