Andrew Johnston is one of New Zealand's leading poets and Sol, his fifth collection, marks a significant development in his work since Arc published his third collection, The Open Window, in 1999.
Playing on the connections between solidarity, solitude, solace and consolation, Sol illuminates with humour and curiosity the ways we link language, loss, history and memory. At the heart of the book are two major poems: 'The Sunflower', an elegy for the poet's father, which is an extended meditation on death, family and religious faith; and 'Les Baillessats', a relaxed, sun-filled poem for the poet's new-born son.
Rosie Bailey, Envoi 152, February 2009
Paperback / hardback
ISBN: 978 1904614 74 6 (paperback)
978 1906570 14 9 (hardback) Published July 2008