Emily Dobson

The Lonely Nude


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July 2014

your self: created, drawn, many times over

From its arresting central image of standing naked before a life-drawing class, The Lonely Nude reveals a speaker who, even as she travels into the world, feels increasingly disconnected from it. With Dobson’s characteristic humour and subtlety, the seven sections explore paralysis and movement, singularity and connectedness, what is necessary and what can be stripped away.

Emily Dobson’s debut poetry collection, A Box of Bees, was one of the NZ Herald’s Books of the Year for 2005:

‘Emily Dobson is one to watch out for.’
—Peter Simpson, NZ Herald

‘These poems have a lively assertiveness, a voice that is not afraid to declare itself and its feelings.’ 
—Clare Needham, Dominion Post

‘The poems are very assured and a joy to read.’ 
—James Brown

'a hypnotic, enchanting collection.' 
—Simon Sweetman, The Lumiere Reader

Emily Dobson once worked as a life model. In 2005 she travelled to Iowa as the Glen Schaeffer Fellow. The poems in this collection spent several years in Emily’s wardrobe biding their time. She now lives with her family in Kereru, Hawke's Bay, in the house she grew up in.

Cover photograph: Roger Key

Cover design: Keely O’Shannessy