Jack Ross, ed.: Poetry NZ 38 (March 2009)
Coral Atkinson & David Gregory, ed. Land very Fertile: Banks Peninsula in Poetry & Prose. ISBN 978-1-877257-75-9. Christchurch: CUP, 2008.
Coral Atkinson & David Gregory, ed.: Land very Fertile (2008)
This is an excellent (and long overdue) idea for an anthology, I think we’d all agree. Banks Peninsula with its majestic harbour, mysterious ring of coastal valleys, and rich history of French and other European colonisation clearly deserves celebration, and it’s particularly encouraging that Canterbury University Press felt able to issue the book in such sumptuous style – with colour photographs on good quality paper. The contents are an eclectic mix, from the classic (Bethell and Baxter) to the more contemporary (Fiona Farrell and Rangi Faith). Best of all, it’s just the right size to take with you on a long leisurely walk or drive around the area.