Jenny Bornholdt is the major New Zealand poet of her generation. Her new Selected Poems provides a full representation of her work through nine collections and nearly thirty years. Favourite short poems like 'How to get ahead of yourself while the light still shines' and 'Being a poet' are here alongside vernacular anecdotes like 'Then Murray came' and powerful long poems like 'Confessional' and 'Big Minty Nose' from her award-winning collection The Rocky Shore. Filled with the lyric beauty, wit and feeling for which Jenny Bornholdt is renowned, Selected Poems will be essential reading for years to come.
Jenny Bornholdt was born in Lower Hutt in 1960 and lives in Wellington. She is the author of nine collections of poems and many chapbooks, and is the co-editor of several notable anthologies, including My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems and the Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, which won the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. Her many honours include the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton, 2002, and the Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate, 2005-6.