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7 April 2022 225 x 170 mm, 72 pages Paperback, $19.99 ‘ Tūnui | Comet displays all the elegance, eloquence and craft one would expect from this Māori writer, who is one of the outstanding poets of his generation.’ —David Eggleton Robert Sullivan A marvellous hīkoi through Aotearoa today alongside a leading Māori poet. my old friend I wonder how far north you travel? The road goes west starting two doors up fromThe Dog’s Bollix ending at sunset. So many sunsets Facebook and Instagram couldn’t contain them. Tūnui | Comet is the first collection in more than a decade by one of our most important living Māori poets. Rolling easily between kōrero Māori and the canonical traditions of English- language poetry, through karakia and pōwhiri, treaty training and decolonisation wiki entries, Robert Sullivan takes readers on a marvellous poetic hīkoi. Guided by Māui and Tāwhirimātea, Moana Jackson and Freddie Mercury, we walk fromK’Rd council flats to Kaka Point, finding ourselves and our ancestors along the way. Robert Sullivan Tūnui | Comet Robert Sullivan is the author of a number of books of poetry including Star Waka (Auckland University Press, 1999), which has gone through multiple reprints, a graphic novel and a prize- winning book of Māori legends for children. He co-edited, with Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri, the anthologies of Polynesian poetry in English, WhetuMoana and Mauri Ola , and an anthology of Māori poetry withWhaitiri, PunaWai Kōrero . He has taught at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Manukau Institute of Technology.

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