Brief Lives

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Bold and original, this collection is a genre-busting sequence of poetry and prose that confronts the place where mortality meets creativity. Using discontinuous narrative and alphabetical order, the author constructs a series of vignettes mixing biography, autobiography, arcane snippets of information, and meditations on life as performance. Written with great lucidity, this strange and captivating dictionary of fragments offers funny, thoughtful, and moving reflections on life, art, and the unknown.


Chris Price is a poet, editor, teacher, musician, singer, and arts administrator and a professor at Victoria University of Wellington. She has served as editor for New Zealand’s longest-running literary magazine Landfall and is the author of the poetry collection Husk.