Longlisted for the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry 2022
They saw things in me I wanted to see in myself
that’s why I let them see me that’s why I let them see me
on certain nights in certain lights when the planets
lined up like a string of pearls in the sky and the moon
was the correct hue.
Rangikura is the fiery second collection by Tayi Tibble.
These poems live in the space between the end of the world and a new day. They ask us to think about our relationship to desire and exploitation. They are both nostalgic for, and exhausted by, the pursuit of an endless summer.
'As well as displaying her trademark “fiery”, incendiary and politically-aware qualities, Rangikura also reveals pain and vulnerability, and some sections of the book moved me not to awe or even anger, but to tears. To read Rangikura is to marvel at Tibble’s immense skill with words and cry for all that we still have to carry.' —Kiri Piahana-Wong, Kete Books
'These poems are elegies to a trauma so large that it can only be comprehended in small sips and the odd, sardonic, witchy cackle.' —Faith Wilson, The Spinoff
‘The intricate politics woven into Tibble’s poetry give her writing strength and purpose.’ —Winnie Siulolovao Dunn, Cordite Poetry Review
‘Tibble speaks about beauty, activism, power and popular culture with compelling guile, a darkness, a deep understanding and sensuality.’ —Hinemoana Baker
‘It demonstrates the power of all paradigm-shifting books – which is to fold up previously knotty stumbling blocks like they are furniture left out in the rain, and then replace it with an enlarged space.’ —John Freeman, LitHub
Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) was born in 1995 and lives in Wellington. Her first book, Poūkahangatus, won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry Award in 2019.
Cover: Xoë Hall, xoehall.com
Paperback, 210x160 mm, 96 pages