Vincent O’Sullivan

The movie may be slightly different


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Published May 2011

The movie may be slightly different offers a rich harvest of recent poems displaying the wit, intellectual agility and arresting beauty for which Vincent O'Sullivan is renowned.

Vincent O'Sullivan is one of New Zealand's leading writers, author of the biography of John Mulgan, Long Journey to the Border, the novels Let the River Stand and Believers to the Bright Coast, and many plays and collections of short stories and poems, most recently Further Conviction Pending: Poems 1998-2008. He is joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Mansfield, and has edited a number of major anthologies.

'O'Sullivan occupies a deservedly high rank in New Zealand literature, and this large collection proves that his creative drive is going strong. His interest in the past and mortality is never mawkish or morbid, and his keen, refined intelligence is prevalent throughout. the Movie May Be Slightly Different delivers, for the most part, the kind of sophisticated, meditative poetry readers familiar with O'Sullivan will expect.' —Cy Mathews, Takahē

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