Johanna Emeney


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Couples in last-chance therapy, best friends unfriending, racist trolls trawling the comments section for game — this collection is concerned with the things that make us feel. This felt realm is very much in nature, too. From the regal calm of goats cudding in the sun to the slow unwinding of the last bee on earth, Johanna Emeney seems to say that there is a message in the air — for those who listen with all of the senses. This outstanding suite of 31 loosely connected poems is by turns powerful, warm, loving, and shocking.


Johanna Emeney:
Johanna Emeney works at Massey University as a teacher of creative writing. She also co-facilitates the Michael King Young Writers Programme with Rosalind Ali. Her background is in English literature teaching, and her main research interest is in the medical humanities as it relates to poetry. Her two books of poetry are Apple & Tree (Cape Catley, 2011) and Family History (Makaro Press, 2017).