Until leaving New Zealand in 1996 for France (where he now lives), Andrew Johnston worked as a journalist in Wellington. He is the recipient of many literary grants and awards and in 1998 was a prizewinner in the Daily Telegraph / Arvon International Poetry Competition with The Singer, the final poem in this collection.
Andrew Johnston's first collection to be published in the UK contains poems from two critically acclaimed books previously published in his native New Zealand, together with a substantial body of new work. Johnston is a fine poet, assured in his use of poetic forms, yet always fresh and original in his imagery and use of language.
As fellow-countryman and poet Bill Manhire remarks in his introduction to this collection, Johnston reminds him of Italo Calvino's Mr Palomar, named after an observatory:
Published January 1999