AUP New Poets 4

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The latest in the series, this fourth volume showcases poetry from three very disparate voices: Harry Jones, Erin Scudder, and Chris Tse. Harry Jones’s flair for lyric is palpable in his accomplished and elegant poetry. Erin Scudder writes sophisticated, dark, and flavorful pieces that focus on the sound and shape of words. Personal and universal at the same time, her work is specific yet interested in archetypes and tropes. Chris Tse draws from his family history and Chinese heritage to produce fascinating narrative poems. Tse’s great grandparents’ emigration to New Zealand and his own childhood experiences became sources of inspiration for the third poet in this compilation.


Harry Jones is a poet whose work has appeared widely in New Zealand and UK poetry magazines. Erin Scudder is a writer, a poet, and a professor of 20th-century American literature. Her work has appeared in Japan’s Damki Magazine and Christchurch City Gallery’s Out of Erewhon exhibit catalogue. Chris Tse is a writer, poet, and a former columnist for Capital Times. His short story "At Two Speeds" won the New Zealand Chinese Association’s New Zealand Listener Short Story Competition.


“I hear a real voice, a real movement of mind cutting through resistances.”  —Ted Hughes, poet, Birthday Letters, on Harry Jones

“I like the elegance and control, the drive to say something rather than just cut a fashionable figure.”  —Al Alvarez, poet, Risky Business, on Harry Jones