Bernadette Hall

The Persistent Levitator

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Published 1994

These poems are a kind of kaleidoscope, playing with the bright glass splinters of dangerous and fascinating questions. Is it possible for women and men to live together? What does it mean to love? Where do the words of poetry come from?

Throughout Bernadette Hall’s third collection of poetry, the twin themes of love and the process of writing appear and reappear, sometimes in combination, sometimes in competition, until in the final poems they are united in a mood of celebration.

Bernadette Hall is an award-winning poet who lives in North Canterbury. Her many books include The Merino Princess: Selected Poems (2004), and most recently Life & Customs (2013). She is the editor of Like Love Poems: Selected Poems of Joanna Paul (2006) and The Judas Tree: Poems by Lorna Staveley Anker (2013). In 2004, she visited Antarctica as a guest of Antarctica New Zealand; in 2006 she was Victoria University of Wellington's Writer in Residence; and in 2007 she held the Rathcoola Residency in County Cork, Ireland. Fancy Dancing: New and Selected Poems 2004–2020 was published in 2020.