by Dunstan Ward

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Expat New Zealand poet Dunstan Ward's new collection of poems, DEPARTURES, takes the reader "deep into the heart of loss and love, into the reality of mortality, into life's mystery and its sorrow. The collection as a whole is an unflinching examination of distance and the effect of 'distancing' and 'departures' on personal identity--a probing of how personal identity sits within notions of national, cultural and family kinships when departures disrupt a hitherto closed circle. It's an intimate collection and deeply human." (Sue Wootton) The long title sequence is "a classic settler narrative." (Peter Simpson)

About the Author

Born in Dunedin in 1942, Dunstan Ward studied at the University of Canterbury, then taught at Waikato University. In 1971 he left for London, and in 1973 settled in Paris, retiring as Professor of English at the University of London Institute in Paris in 2007; he still teaches a weekly seminar at the Paris centre of Columbia University (New York). With Beryl Graves, the poet's widow, he edited the Complete Poems of Robert Graves. Departures is his third poetry collection.

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