Jack Ross, ed.: Poetry NZ 38 (March 2009)
Helen Bascand. into the vanishing point. ISBN 978-1-87744-802-7. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2007.
Helen Bascand’s first collection, windows on the morning side, came out from Sudden Valley Press in 2001. Her particular strength, exhibited as fully in this collection as in the previous one, is the precise charting of fugitive emotions in haiku and senryu. It’s hard to resist the temptation to quote quite a few of them. I’ll content myself with just one, however:
in & out of shadow