Wit of the Staircase

Wit of the Staircase was published by Steele Roberts in July 2009. It is largely comprised of work from my MA thesis Impasto which I completed in 2007 at Victoria University, Wellington. I am very grateful to everyone involved in the process of turning thoughts into poems into a beautifully produced book.

Reviews:

This young poet has learnt her craft and brings an awareness to the subject which provides insight at the same time as engaging our emotions. Peter Dornauf, Waikato Times

A constant theme seems to be journeys – journeys of time, journeys of place, snapshots of lives. Liz Breslin NZ Poetry Society

There must be a word for it: writing which is somehow childish yet acutely aware of the wider world, which has a startlingly precise internal logic yet retains that nonsensical lilt particular to the language of endearments, jibes and well-worn familial jokes. Perhaps the word is just “alive”; more than likely poet Saradha Koirala has a better word for it. Abby Cunnane Capital Times, Wellington

This young woman will be going places in our literary scene. Hamesh Wyatt Otago Daily Times

I enjoyed this first collection a lot. Saradha Koirala’s poems are short (mostly), elegantly constructed, and pull in a range of words you don’t often find in New Zealand poetry.There isn’t a bad poem in the book.  Tim Jones for Library Thing

Radio New Zealand, Arts on Sunday interview

Published poems from Wit of the Staircase:

“I once lived by myself in a treehouse” and “Zoo” in Sport 36

“The season” in Lumiere Reader

“Framed” and “An old wolf of a day” in Turbine 07

“Flowering Room” at Janis Freegard’s blog

 

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