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She does think quickly. Tree Space is her first full collection of poems.
It is full and focused. Many of these poems have been written over more than a decade.
''Hitching with Sarah to Southland'' concludes:
Driving us up the mountainsin his self-made convertible.
Those trolls, they really were trolls
who slowed as if to pick us up
and we waved them away and hid.
I remember that it was a corner
but not which corner. And the sun?
And the Garston pub
and the chair.
McMillan, originally from Christchurch, is someone to keep an eye on. Her impressive chapbook The Rope Walk (Seraph Press, 2013) was only the start. She is shrewd and robust in her poems and uses things she learns in her work.
- Hamesh Wyatt lives in Bluff. He reads and writes poetry.