“One could not ask more of poetry.” Roald Hoffmann
Bryan Walpert is a poet, fiction writer, scholar, essayist and editor. His short story collection, Ephraim’s Eyes (Pewter Rose Press) was named a “Best Book of 2010” on National Radio in New Zealand, praised by reviewers for the “mastery of the short story” (Takahe) and “stories that resonate with compassion and insight” (Left Lion, UK).
He is the author of three books of poems: Etymology (Cinnamon Press, UK), praised for its “conjuring tricks with language, performing a rhetorical sleight-of-hand masterful in technique” (Landfall); A History of Glass, which was selected for publication by Stephen F. Austin State University Press (U.S.) as part of its national manuscript contest, a collection praised by a reviewer as “delicate and translucent…treasures to unpack” (Takahe); and most recently Native Bird, part of Makaro Press’s Hoopla Series (NZ), which rose to number 6 on the NZ Fiction/Poetry Best-Seller List, was a four-time Poet’s Pick on NZ Poetry Shelf, and has been praised for its “sharp, self-deprecating awareness” (NZ Listener), for the way it “transforms the ordinary” (Booksellers NZ) and as “one of those books where the poems reach out and hold you in the grip of attention” (Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf).
His work has won a number of awards, including the James Wright Poetry Award from the Mid-American Review and first prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. His work has been shortlisted for, among others, the Rattle Poetry Prize (U.S.) and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.
Bryan has an interest in science and its links to literature. He is the author of the scholarly monograph, Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge), which a reviewer for the British Society for Literature and Science said “makes an important contribution to the study of contemporary poetry and science.” An essayist, he received a Dialogica award (Australia) for writing about poetry for a general audience. An award-winning former journalist, he has written for more than a dozen publications, such as The Washington Post. He is the poetry editor of the literary journal Segue, based at Miami University of Ohio.
Born and educated in the United States, he teaches creative writing as an Associate Professor at Massey University in New Zealand, where he has received a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. He blogs about life in New Zealand at http://nzlazygardener.wordpress.com/
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About Native Bird
In his third poetry collection, award-winning poet Bryan Walpert—who arrived in New Zealand from the U.S. a decade ago—writes of what it’s been like to be an observer or “birdwatcher” in a land whose physical and cultural geographies he is still learning to name. With his trademark precision and insight, Bryan weaves meditations on the life and songs of birds into his observations on living as a new settler in wind-charged Manawatu. Working at the shifting borders between homes and hearts, prose and poetry, call and song, this is an arresting collection that speaks to us all.
“Reading this book is like entering a restorative glade. Or a slow paced European movie where the camera takes one long slow delicious pan that sweeps and lingers and stalls and accumulates the faintest detail, the hint of movements, the tremor of action. And out of the long gorgeous sweep of reading, you get place, character, story. Or think of this rhythm as a sticky ribbon to which detail adheres. The detail catches you. Phrases, whole lines, stanzas. The sound of each line strikes your ear – beautifully, honey-like. The world slows because this is one of those books where the poems reach out and hold you in the grip of attention. I adore it.” Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf
“This work is full of wonderfully sharp, self-deprecating awareness of human foibles and a love of wordplay – as in Regret, which circles around egret with Walpert’s typical dexterity, humour and insight.” The NZ Listener
“Walpert’s language assembles these poems in a way that turns the source material into beautiful and striking pieces. He transforms the ordinary into poignant images.” Emma Shi, Booksellers NZ Review
“Will get under your skin.” Otago Daily Times.
The book is available to purchase online here.
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“The poems in A History of Glass are some of the best I have read in years. In these thoughtful, soulful poems every reflection is earned. And they are voyages–Walpert has a natural narrative voice that works through lovingly observed overlapping images, gently pulling the reader into a shared, spiritually rewarding journey. One could not ask for more of poetry.” – Roald Hoffmann, Nobel-winning chemist and author of Soliton: Poems (New Odyssey Series)
Sample Poems from A History of Glass:
“In the Photograph,” “Aubade,” “Thank You, Persia,” “A History of Glass”
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Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry examines types of resistance in contemporary poetry to the authority of scientific knowledge, tracing the source of these resistances to both their literary precedents and the scientific zeitgeists that helped to produce them. It concludes by proposing that viewing knowledge as a form of intervention, rather than representation, offers a bridge between poetry and science.
“Makes an important contribution to the study of contemporary poetry and science.” British Society for Literature and Science.