The Gas Leak

Author(s): Anna Jackson

New Zealand Poetry

The Gas Leak by Wellington poet Anna Jackson is a thoughtful, disturbing and darkly funny new collection that offers a glimpse of the gaps and cracks that can exist between family members in everyday life. The three characters ÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂàthe gas fitter, the gas fitterÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs wife and their teenaged daughter play out their domestic issues in ways both familiar and bizarre. It is partly based on the work of Dutch poet Gerrit Achterbeg whose language and imagery have been very influential and who is also known for having murdered his landlady in a fit of madness after she rejected him and spending the much of his life in psychiatric institutions, his only grip on reality being ÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂpoetry and his personal vision on literatureÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
First published January 2006.

Product Information

Anna Jackson is a well-established poet whose three previous collections, all from AUP, attracted much admiration: The Long Road to Teatime, The Pastoral Kitchen, shortlisted for the Montana NZ Book Awards, and Catullus for Children. She made her debut in AUP New Poets 1. She has a DPhil from Oxford, where she has also lectured, and now teaches English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington.

General Fields

  • : 9781869403560
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : 0.086
  • : February 2006
  • : 210mm X 135mm X 6mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anna Jackson
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 64