Chosen by Rachel
This book has been collated from a large collection of Maori poet Hone Tuwhare’s writing, discovered sprawled over countless pieces of paper, envelopes, bank statements and the backs of shopping lists. It provides an insight into Tuwhare’s mind, as he looks out upon all the things that he loves and has loved, and upon 82 years of life.
❚ “Traditionally I haven’t been a huge poetry fan, only from a lack of understanding on my behalf, not because I don’t value it. But every piece in Tuwhare’s book affected me and it has made me re-think the lack of poetry in my reading pile.” – Rachel
❚ “I don’t usually read poetry but I enjoyed this. It made me smile. Raw, honest and a wee bit naughty!!!” – Nadine
❚ “Hone Tuwhare, I ❤ you so much. Beautiful poetry. Yes okay I felt like maybe I got more insight into haemorrhoids than what I was expecting, but it is what it is. One the best parts of this bookclub was how authentically everyone said the title when referring to the book.” – Suzy
❚ “I’m not a poetry reader normally but I loved Hone’s poems – they were clever, interesting and thought provoking. I especially enjoyed reading about unexpected topics, e.g. Haemorrhoids!” – Jo
“Thoughts” – Ros
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