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Collected Poems 1981-2016

Collected Poems 1981-2016 is a thirty-five year retrospective from an important Irish-Māori influenced writer. It offers the most complete view so far of O’Leary’s remarkable literary achievement and offers a body of original and significant work that continues to grow in stature and regard in Aotearoa-New Zealand and world literature.

“…a powerful writer who never falls into mediocrity and consistently shows a strain of genius.” – F. W. N. Wright

“There is raw vigour infusing these poems.” – New Zealand Herald

“Irishness, Māoritanga, proudly held working-class values, rock ‘n’ roll, buses, trains, ferries, Baudelaire – you’ll find them all in this book…There’s an inextinguishable joyousness at the heart of [O’Leary’s] work that makes reading him an upbeat and uplifting experience.” – Iain Sharp, from the Introduction