Hera Lindsay Bird grew up in a small Thames community. Her debut collection of poetry, Hera Lindsay Bird, was published in 2016 and won both the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry for 2017 and the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize for 2017. Her work has been featured in Vice, i-D magazine and the Guardian. She lives in New Zealand.
Hera Lindsay Bird
From acclaimed poet Hera Lindsay Bird comes an impressive debut that has established her as one of New Zealand’s vital up-and-comers. With themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with Bird’s skill and verve, juxtaposing classical and modern tastes. Bird turns her prescient eye on love and loss, and what emerges is like a helicopter in fog, or a bejewelled Christmas sleigh, gliding triumphantly through the contemporary aesthetic desert. This is at once an intelligent and compelling fantasy of tenderness, heart breaking and charged with trees without once sacrificing the forest. Hera Lindsay Bird’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand.