Sam Duckor-Jones

People from the Pit Stand Up


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July 2018

112 pages (with flaps), illustrations throughout

This is the voice of someone who is both at home and not at home in the world. Sam Duckor-Jones’s wonderfully fresh, funny, dishevelled poems are alive with art-making and fuelled by a hunger for intimacy. Giant clay men lurk in salons, the lawns of poets overgrow, petrolheads hoon along the beach, birds cry ‘wow-okay, wow-okay, wow-okay’.

‘Sex and longing, tenderness and pain, quest and invention, togetherness and solitude: if that’s not the queer experience, I don’t know what is.’
—Kerry Donovan Brown

‘Gorgeous and contrary.’ 
—Jenny Bornholdt

‘If attention is an act of love, then this is a collection that attends to art and life in such a way as to collapse any distinction between the two.’ 
—Chris Price

'It's distinctive and authentic and vividly (it seems to me) Sam's own voice. Bloody fantastic.'
—John Campbell

Sam Duckor-Jones is a sculptor and poet. He won the Biggs Poetry Prize from Victoria University of Wellington in 2017. ​People from the Pit Stand Up​ is his first book.

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