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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Jane Paul

Ebbs and Floods


Ebbs & Floods was written in a small surfing town on the west coast of Ireland; in a Paris basement in spring; in the depths of Brussels nights; and in Aotearoa, always close to the sea. Jane Paul’s debut collection of poems follow her through the waves of being in her late twenties.

These poems are a warm blue evening; the smell of rain; a driftwood fire burning on the shore. They are the pull of waves and the shattering of glass. They are a moment standing in moonlight; cold stone under your feet; rain hitting bare skin; face lifted to the sky. They are a room full of lovers and an empty house with the lights left on. They are grounded, like pushing your hands into earth.

Jane Paul is an Aotearoa New Zealand poet, actress and teacher, of Irish descent. She was born in 1993 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Ebbs & Floods is her first book.