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Author Jenner, Lynn.

Title Peat / Lynn Jenner
Published Chicago : Otago University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (275 pages)
Contents Front Cover -- Title Page -- Half Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Author's Note -- A Necessary Protection -- Dear Mr Brasch -- The Information Booth -- The [Taniwha] of Poplar Avenue -- Brasch Comes Over the Hill -- This Place -- The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway: It's here now and it's part of our lives -- Alliancing. It's a Thing. -- The Fight Against Muddle and Sham -- Sixteen Chapters of the Kapiti Expressway Noise Story -- Charles Brasch's Family History as a Painting, somewhat in the style of Colin McCahon's The Canoe Tainui -- Indirections, Charles Brasch's [largely] Unloved Memoir
The State of Things at the House -- Liking the Local, a reading of Charles Brasch's poem 'The Clear' -- The Lady Engine -- The Human Hand -- On the Unshapely Present -- One Starless Night A glossary of my acquaintance with Charles Brasch -- The Prettiest Road in New Zealand A glossary of my acquaintance with the Kapiti Expressway -- Notes -- Acknowledgements -- Index
Summary "Peat starts out as Lynn Jenner's study of the Kapiti Expressway, built between 2013 and 2017 and passing, at its nearest point, about a kilometre from her own house. She decides to create a kind of archive of the construction of this so-called Road of National Significance. How did it come to be built? What is its character? Who will win and who will lose from its construction? What will be its impact on the local environment? Jenner begins a quest to find a fellow writer with different sensibilities to help her think about the natural world the road traverses. New Zealand-born poet, editor, art collector and philanthropist Charles Brasch is her choice. Researching Brasch will be her refuge from the constant pile-driving and the sprawling concrete, and perhaps the poet will offer some ways of thinking that will help her understand contemporary events. She reads and reflects on Brasch's memoir, some of his poems, his journals and his letters to the local paper. She thinks about Brasch in the context of his family and New Zealand in the 1940s-60s, and she reads local papers. She reads the official handouts about the road and listens to people in her local community when they talk about the road. From there Lynn Jenner carefully builds her unconventional text, layer upon layer, into an intelligent and beautifully refracted work that is haunting, fearless, and utterly compelling"--Distributor's website
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Brasch, Charles -- Criticism and interpretation
Brasch, Charles. fast (OCoLC)fst00014894
Subject Express highways -- New Zealand -- Kapiti Coast District
Express highways.
New Zealand -- Kapiti Coast District.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1988592259