The vivid and lyrical new collection from award-winning poet Sue Wootton. These poems are sensorially alive, deeply attentive to language, the body, and the world around us.
Down in the bone the word-strands glimmer and ascend often disordered, often in dreams, bone -- knowledge beating a path through the body to the throat labouring to enter the alphabet. -- 'Lingua Incognita'.
Wootton addresses subjects as various as the fraught relationship between medical institutions and ndividual suffering, the disintegration of the polar icecaps, the energising power of solitude and the rewarding demands of creativity and love. This is a collection about give and take, loss and gain; about sowing, tending and reaping. Sue Wootton brings her characteristic linguistic dexterity, exuberance and versatility to every page. The Yield is rich harvest.
Shortlisted for Ockhams NZ Book Awards Poetry Prize 2018
"Wootton makes the words shimmy with fresh metaphors, the unspoken, the sound of the everyday." Paula Green, NZ Books Autumn 2009
Sue Wootton has published five volumes of poetry and has received several awards, including the 2015 Caselburg Trust International Poetry Prize and second place in the 2013 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. She won the 2011 NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition and has twice won the Takahe Poetry Competition. Her first novel, Strip (Makaro Press, 2016), is longlisted for the fiction prize in the 2017 Ockham NZ Book Awards. A former physiotherapist, Sue lives in Dunedin where she is the selecting editor for the Otago Daily Times Weekend Poem column, and co-editor of the Medical Humanities blog Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life. suewootton.com