Driving with Neruda
Book 2 of the Kete Series Poetry Collection 2014
Honduran poet and Massey University lecturer in Spanish examines his recently adopted country with a tender, quizzical eye. In this, his sixth poetry collection (and first in English) the things which interest him about this place are surprising and revealing, of both New Zealand culture and the man himself.
'From the dual viewpoint of both outsider and insider, Leonel Alvarado examines his adopted country with a tender, quizzical eye. Without self-pity, these poems poke at dislocation and the ongoing work of cultural integration with humour, wit, and a wholly original voice. He writes deftly of his past and his present, his old home and his new. The things which interest Alvarado about this place are surprising and revealing, of both New Zealand culture and the poet. The poems are an interlocution between the mythic and the daily, between cultures and between people. These are poems which invite our attention towards ordinary elements of life in New Zealand, and examine all that is amusing, confusing and profound there.'
~ Helen Lehndorf, 2014
Size: 210mm x 148mm x 7mm (A5)
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