Reading the Signs

Author(s): Janis Freegard


The poems in Janis Freegard’s new collection take their
starting point from the poet’s daily ritual of reading the
tea leaves while writing in the Ema Saikō room in the
Wairarapa. This leads to unexpected discoveries about
the world around her, from spider visitors to the writing
room and a papyrus-fine gecko skin in the nearby wildlife
sanctuary, to news of the ancient bdelloid rotifers that
defy natural disasters and the recently extinct amphibians
that did not. Then a gender- and species-fluid interpreter
turns up to help the poet work her way through the daily
revelations in her tea cup ...
Reading the Signs is a series of linked poems that are
thoughtful and humorous, provocative and tender, and
come together as a quiet epic about a planet that is fast
running out of puff.


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Janis Freegard is a Wellington
poet, novelist and short story
writer. She has won a number of
awards including the Geometry/
Open Book Poetry Competition
and the BNZ Katherine Mansfield
Short Story Award, and she was the
inaugural Ema Saikō Poetry Fellow
in the Wairarapa. Her most recent
publications are a novel, The Year of
Falling, and a poetry collection,
The Glass Rooster, and her work has
been been widely anthologised. Janis
performs with the Meow Gurrrls
poetry collective.

General Fields

  • : 9781988595313
  • : The Cuba Press
  • : The Cuba Press
  • : November 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Janis Freegard
  • : 90