Wit of the Staircase

Buy Now!


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.


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


One thought on “Wit of the Staircase

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s