A Piece of Work

Murray Edmond is author of 8 volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Laminations from Auckland University Press in 2000. He is a noted editor and scholar of New Zealand experimental theater who teaches in the English department at the University of Auckland and works professionally as a dramaturge.


A Piece of Work
By Murray Edmond • 2002 • $7
Design by Ken Lincoln


“A Piece of Work” pays homage to the poet’s mother, even as it chronicles moments in the history of New Zealand. A long poem in 80 sections by one of New Zealand’s most prominent contemporary poets. Edmond’s most recent of 8 volumes of poetry before “A Piece of Work” was “Laminations” from Auckland University Press in 2000. He was also one of the three editors, with Alan Brunton and Michele Leggott, of “Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975” (Auckland UP, 2000), an anthology of radical poetry from that time.

from “A Piece of Work”:


for the love of pete———–or of mike
———————–just relax<font=”#FFFFFF”>—————happy as larry

—————anonymous men with names

when she looked out into the lens she saw herself

—————represented by another

—————————–his booming plummy voice was the result