Winner of the Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Book of Poetry (2016).
Shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards (Poetry).

“The themes of the book are hefty, rich and sometimes imposing… But these themes are made alluring by being couched in layers of craftsmanship, formal experimentation and a kind of kaleidoscopic poetic play. The result is curious and original…” – Lynley Edmeades, Landfall 230
“With Tse’s work we enter an ornate textual space… Intensifying adjectival richness and metaphor take us deeper into Joe’s disappointment and isolation.” – Emma Neale, New Zealand Books
“… a brave traversing of fiction and New Zealand history.” – Elizabeth Morton, Booksellers NZ
“This is an ambitious collection, its poems akin to chapters of an expansive novel… a welcome and accomplished poetic publication.” – Siobhan Harvey, Beattie’s Book Blog
“This exciting book is a heartfelt meditation on place and people… [Tse] paints vivid pictures in words.” – Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times
“This collection shows so beautifully, so movingly, the power of poetry to give renewed presence to history…” – Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf
“This collection demonstrates [Tse’s] emotive power of language and creatively striking narrative coherence. This new addition to New Zealand literature offers an expansive collection from a unique cultural and historical perspective.” – Eleanor Wright, Lucire

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