The media release from the Otago University Press concerning
this handsome edition opens with a statement of its
necessity, noting that although Brasch ''was a leading poet
of his generation and a pre-eminent figure in the development
of the arts in New Zealand, yet his poetry has been out of
print for over 30 years''.
cover is a self-explanatory precis of the book. The contents
might shock you. The prologue is chilling. In spite of this,
you will read on, gripped by the clarity of thought and
searing honesty of the writer.
Journalist Huan Hsu, an American-born Chinese, hears a family
story that when the Japanese invaded China in 1938, his
great-great-grandfather had buried his large collection of
porcelain in a pit in the garden of his estate.