Kerrin P. Sharpe

Three Days in a Wishing Well


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September 2012

'Kerrin P. Sharpe’s poems make me think of migratory birds. It’s as if they have just settled very briefly on the page after long journeys from far-off places – from Europe, from Antarctica, from other centuries. My advice is that we read them quickly before they take flight again. Or, better, write them out in a notebook. Then bury the notebook in a metal box somewhere deep in the earth, where people in the future can dig for days until they find it.' —Bill Manhire

Kerrin P. Sharpe's poems have appeared in many journals, including Hue & CryBlackbox Manifold, Snorkel, Contrapasso, Cordite, Landfall, The London Grip150 Essential New Zealand Poems (anthology), Leaving the Red Zone (anthology), JAAM, NZ Listener, Poetry NZSport, TakaheTurbine and the Press, in Best NZ Poems 08, 09, 10, 12 and 14 and in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems. A group of her poems also appeared in 2013 in the UK publication Oxford Poets 13 (Carcanet). In 2008 she was awarded the New Zealand Post Creative Writing Teacher’s Award from the Institute of Modern Letters. 

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