BRIAN TURNER’s most recent book, his ninth volume of poems, Footfall
(Random/Godwit), was published in March 2005. He was the Te Mata Estate
NZ Poet Laureate 2003-05. A southerner, born in Dunedin in 1944, Turner
lives in the Ida Valley, Central Otago.
Turner comments: ‘The poem “Chances of Revelation”,
from which these extracts are taken, was written in a Department of
Conservation hut at remote Big Bay, South Westland during the time when
I was trying to recover from the break-up of a long-standing relationship.
At the time I was demoralised, angry, bewildered and profoundly saddened.
The poem was my way of dealing with the mess of recollections and emotions
that were refusing to back away.’
Poem: Chances of Revelation