Bryan Walpert was my doctoral supervisor, and he’s one of the most beautiful and interesting writers I know. I’m excited about his new collection, Native Bird, which will be launched at 4pm, Sunday 19 April at the Fringe Bar in Wellington. Native Bird will be launched as part of Makaro Press’s Hoopla Series. You can read three of his poems on this blog: ‘Horse Story,’ ‘Operation, October,’ and ‘Objective Correlative.’
About Native Bird
In his anticipated third collection, award-winning poet Bryan Walpert—who arrived here from the U.S. a decade ago—writes of what it’s been like to be an observer or “birdwatcher” in a land whose physical and cultural geographies he is still learning to name. With his trademark precision and insight, Bryan weaves meditations on the life and songs of birds into his observations on living as a new settler in wind-charged Manawatu. Working at the shifting borders between homes and hearts, prose and poetry, call and song, this is an arresting collection that speaks to us all.
About Bryan Walpert
Bryan Walpert’s poetry has been published in New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He’s won the James Wright Poetry Award from the Mid-American Review, the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, the RSNZ Manhire Award for Creative Science Writing, and an Australian Dialogica Award for writing about poetry, and has been short-listed in other major international awards, notably the Rattle Poetry Prize (U.S.) and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. The author of two previous poetry collections (Etymology, A History of Glass), a short fiction collection (Ephraim’s Eyes) and a scholarly book on poetry and science (Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry), Bryan is an Associate Professor in the School of English & Media Studies at Massey University.