Anna Smaill

The Violinist In Spring

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The first collection by one of New Zealand’s most promising young poets.

‘Anna Smaill’s poems are the result of a deep and patient meditation and have been, as it were, truly lived through, so they ring true.’ —Bernadette Hall

‘There is a rhythmic confidence, a musicality about her use of cadence and syntax, which makes her poems stick on the page; and there is a way in which quite idiosyncratic unfoldings of clauses and phrases seem entirely effortless and quite inevitable.’—Bill Manhire

Anna Smaill is the author of Bird Life (2023); The Chimes, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won best novel in the World Fantasy Awards in 2016; and the poetry collection The Violinist in Spring (2005). Born in Auckland, she has spent several years in Japan and the United Kingdom and holds a PhD from the University of London. She lives on Wellington’s south coast with her husband, novelist Carl Shuker, and their two children.

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