Luxembourg: Poems by Stephen Oliver
Poems by Stephen Oliver, Australasian poet and author of nineteen volumes of poetry.
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Description of this Book
LUXEMBOURG ranges over a variety of forms from the prose poem to light verse, but its
heart lies in the dozens of short lyrics in which Oliver captures moments of perception in
compelling images. If in earlier collections Oliver took on the great modernist, post romantic
themes (questions of whether the landscape speaks, and of the roles of memory and of the
poet), here the poems are more personal, exploring the emotions raised by Oliver's return to
his homeland in New Zealand after 20 years spent in Australia and the wider world.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||Stephen Oliver is one of New Zealand's finest poets.- Patricia Prime, Takahe Literary
We should look for the genuine commonalities between Australia and New Zealand rather
than reinforce existing distinctions. It is here that I find the poetry and prose of Stephen
Oliver so valuable.- Nicholas Birns, Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New
Oliver has created a new voice in transtasman literature.' - Stephen Conlon, Asian Journal of
Literature, Culture and Society.
I am an Australian writer, illustrator and composer and have won many major awards in this
country and achieved much critical acclaim both here and internationally. I have known
Stephen Oliver for 20 years or so, and have collaborated with him on various projects,
including four of his published books of poetry and a commercial release CD based on a
collection of his work called KING HIT. I believe that Stephen is one of the most important
Australasian poets working today and whose insights into contemporary life and society are
both poignant and far-reaching. Working with Stephen has been one of the most rewarding
experiences of my professional life. His commitment to his work and the passion with which
he applies himself is very inspiring. - Matt Ottley
Intercolonial, fittingly, ranges wide-it's oceanic-transtasman, transatlantic-both
impressively researched and visionary. McCormack, at its centre, may be 'Dionysius
morphed into Cormac Mac Airt'-his dreamscape comprises the coming of the gods,
the Romans, the Vikings, the Maori. Stephen Oliver gives us a Wellington as shape
shifting through myth, history and childhood as any of McCormack's hauntings; set
him at any of the way stations and we are caught in the swirl of seas, the changing
landforms and cities, human doings, minds and stories. A compulsive read.
Judith Rodriquez-poet and editor (Melbourne)
'Stephen Oliver, as evidenced from Luxembourg, his nineteenth collection, is plainly a skilled and substantial poet with an admirable range in both genre and technique. His underlying impulse may be lyrical but the political is hardly less important. There is also an enjoyable slice of comedy and satire - and a variety of forms which include blank verse sonnets and numerous prose poems. There's also a recurrent medieval colouration in some of his New Zealand poems, especially when allegory is involved ... Oliver uses it effectively to reimagine landscapes and infuse them an extra depth.' - Geoff Page's review of Luxembourg in The Australian
Stephen Oliver-Australasian poet. He has published 19 volumes of poetry. Lived in Australia for 20 years. Currently in NZ. Appeared in Writing To The Wire Anthology, edited by Dan Disney and Kit Kelen, University of Western Australia 2016; and, Manifesto: A Political Anthology, edited by Emma Neale and Philip Temple, Otago University Press 2017. Luxembourg, Stephen Oliver, published & distributed by Greywacke Press, Canberra, Australia, 2018.