At the 'The White Clock' book launch at the University Book
Shop last night are (from left) poet Owen Marshall, of
Timaru, artist Grahame Sydney, of St Bathans, and New
Zealand poet laureate Vincent O'Sullivan, of Dunedin. Photo
by Peter McIntosh.
A collection of 77 vivid and simple Owen Marshall poems
was launched in Dunedin last night.
About 50 people attended the launch of The White Clock
at the University Book Shop and listened to Mr Marshall
recite his poems The Lebanese Flag and Small Child
on a Trampoline.
Mr Marshall said a book launch emphasised the paradoxes of
''It is the most selfish, personal and isolating thing -
definitely not a team sport - but on the other hand, to
produce a worthwhile and publishable book requires the
support and expertise of many other people.''
Mr Marshall thanked artist Grahame Sydney for providing the
painting Ida Valley Moon for the book cover and Otago
University Press publisher Rachel Scott for agreeing to
publish his collection without previewing any poems.
Ms Scott said The White Clock was ''alive with the
vivid particulars of damp duffel coats and hot air balloons,
beer and bicycles, willows and skylarks, kauri gum and
New Zealand poet laureate Vincent O'Sullivan said Mr
Marshall's work was full of wit, tolerance and compassion and
made good straight forward sense.
''What I admire is his gift of utter simplicity,'' Mr