C K Stead is one of New Zealand's best known and most distinguished writers. His output is prolific and his published work includes eight novels, two collections of short stories, ten collections of poems and four books of literary criticism. He is well known for his contributions to literary magazines world-wide, and travels extensively.
Straw into Gold is C K Stead's first UK poetry publication and is a substantial selection of his poetry from the five decades up to the millennium, plus a significant body of new work. The great range of Stead's voices and tones, his unflagging energy, his elegance and wit make this a compelling book of poems. The comic and satiric mode is irrepressible and at its sharpest and most irreverent in the new work; but Stead's lyric gift is also subtle and seductive, his musical sense always engaging. The many admirers of Stead's poetry will take much pleasure in this rich record of a lifetime of weaving straw into gold.