In these six long poems Sarah Jane Barnett explores how people fight for a normal life. Set in Ethiopia, Paris, Norway, and New Zealand these astonishing poems take you into the lives of others – a grieving man leaves Ethiopia at the end of the civil war; a polyamorous couple have a child; a woman hunts a black bear on a New Zealand sheep station. Original and spellbinding, these poems walk the line between poetry and fiction.
Sarah Jane Barnett is an Aotearoa writer and editor. Her poems often inhabit the lives of others, and ask how we find connection and intimacy when affected by trauma. Her essays explore the multifaceted theme of modern womanhood. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University and a PhD from Massey University. Her debut collection A Man Runs into a Woman was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards.