Wall: Poems 1976-1979

McIndoe: Dunedin, 1980

These rough flags from
concrete paths I broke up
with an iron bar …
I stack carefully, one by one, this midsummer
evening, making a wall.

Winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1981, Wall explores the barriers we tend to create between ourselves and others, and celebrates the vitality and enlarged understandings that may come of crossing these divides and opening ourselves up to new horizons. Wall not only bears the impress of New Zealand’s Manawatu, Wairarapa, and East Cape regions that Michael Jackson regards as social and spiritual points of anchorages in his life, but of excursions abroad to Australia, Sierra Leone, and Europe throughout the 1970s.



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