A clever, modern and sensitive collection of poetry - a collaborative venture between artist (Delicia Sampero) and poet (Karlo Mila). After reading the first draft of the poems, Delicia envisaged a ten metre painting - a continuous allegory of hte black butterfly. As Delicia's paintings emerged, Karlo wrote new pieces inspired by the images. The book explores issues of desire and longing, identity and belonging, all with Karlo's refreshing honesty and wit.
Karlo Mila is a New-Zealand born Pasifika poet of Tongan, Pakeha and Samoan descent. Her first book of poetry Dream Fish Floating, won best first book of poetry in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Karlo had poems selected for "Best New Zealand Poems" (awarded by the Institute of Modern Letters) in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Delicia Sampero was born in Germany and emigrated with her family to the Hawkes Bay in 1984. Her work is influenced by travel, cultural identity and motherhood.Her ongoing portrait series was exhibited in 2006/07. * Karlo now lives in Auckland