Pingandy is a significant retrospective collection by a writer who has been silent since the '80s. Pingandy brings together a generous selection from Harvey McQueen's published work and includes his four major sequences Against the Maelstrom, Stoat Spring, Room and the previously unpublished Beehive (a sequence of observations written during his time as an education aide to former PM David Lange). The book reveals, once more, his distinctive voice as a poet in a bureaucratic landscape.
'McQueen's poetic paddock is lush, planted with everything from the personal to the political, the historical to the incidental, the intellectual to the anecdotal . . . Brutally honest, McQueen's collection maintains a disturbing tension between the familiar and the surprising, and in that it is - at times painfully so - entirely human.' - NZ Education Review
'[The] new poems are rather pleasurable to read . . . McQueen is attentive to such a wide range of perceptions . . . . Overall, this book is worth the indwelling' - NZ Books
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