Dead Reckoning

Auckland University Press, 2006

The range like a hog-backed adze,
this place I miss,
wind tearing the paper from my hand
as I scribble this
The double-edged sword of distance cuts across these poems, written in places as far apart as New Zealand and Lebanon, Denmark and Sierra Leone.  Covering both time and space, Michael Jackson’s tone moves between the ironic and the lyrical, the personal and the political, as he seeks to reckon his present position in a diverse and changing world. 

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