Things to know

THINGS TO KNOW<br><b>Andrew Strang</b><br><i>Sudden Valley Press</i><br>
THINGS TO KNOW<br><b>Andrew Strang</b><br><i>Sudden Valley Press</i><br>
Andrew Strang was the youngest of 10 children, born in Invercargill. When he was six he moved to Dunedin.

He lived in Port Chalmers in the 1990s. Throughout his life he suffered from depression and took his life in 2000.

After Andrew's death several large boxes of poems were found.

Things to Know is a small selection of 45 poems written in the last five years of his life. You can feel the pain.

''Tea as I have never had it'':

if I was

without you

as I am

in the front

room

and everything was the same

but you were

gone

like a favourite

teapot

broken and thrown out

what would I drink

the contemplative cup of

tea

out of

and what could I

contemplate in the absence

of your milk

and

sugar

These poems are extremely personal. They open up a private struggle.

Things to Know contains a sadness, but is also light at its core.

John Dolan has written a thoughtful preface.

Reviewed by Hamish Wyatt, who lives in Bluff. He reads and writes poetry.

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