A Necklace of Links

 

Reviews have started coming in for Tender Machines. They can be found here:

http://nzpoetryshelf.com/2015/11/12/poetry-shelf-review-emma-neales-tender-machines-takes-you-into-a-deep-private-space-in-her-writing-in-ways-that-sing-and-challenge-that-move-and-muster-every-poetic-muscle-and-tendon-as-you-rea/

And here

http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.co.nz/2015/11/recent-nz-poetry-reviewed-by-elizabeth.html

And  also here

http://reidsreader.blogspot.co.nz/2015/10/emmanealetendermachinessomething-new.html

And also here

http://londongrip.co.uk/2015/10/london-grip-poetry-review-neale/

And also here

http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/books/361793/poetry-round

In an era of ever-shrinking space for reviews, today I feel like celebrating all the hard work, dedication, and probably bloody-mindedness of the reviewers and the publications who still get criticism into print and pixels.

It’s also a ‘shout out’ to the publicists at Otago University Press. I’d hazard they have to somehow strike a serene balance between persuasive and pushy. Having spent 2 fairly stomach-knotting years as a glorified telemarketer for a building firm in London, I bet some days, promoting other people’s wares feels like being an ice vendor during a hoar-frost. So my coffee cup is raised to those publications that still cherish and nurture book reviews (swig), and again to all the amazons of doggedness at Otago University Press (cup drained!).

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