Sam Sampson was born in Auckland, New Zealand and grew up in South Titirangi, next to Little Muddy Creek. Everything Talks, his first collection of poems, was published by Auckland University Press (NZ), and Shearsman Books (UK) in June 2008. It won the Jessie McKay NZSA Best First Book of Poetry at the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
As Sampson’s work is so much about sound I found reading the poem while listening to him recite it on Radio New Zealand (just click this link to listen) really opened the poem up for me, as well as hearing him speak about his work. You can also find out more about Sampson’s work on his website.