Author(s): Gregory Kan
'The things that are really big and really close are too big and too close to be seen.' A colossal jungle. Two suns. The sea on fire. If the mind were a place, what might it look like? Under Glass is an ambitious new collection by one of the most exciting young poets writing today. Gregory Kan's second book is a dialogue between a series of prose poems, following a protagonist through a mysterious and threatening landscape, and a series of verse poems, driven by the speaker's compulsive hunger to make sense of things. Kan's explorations of the outer and inner landscapes frequently cross paths but leave the reader in doubt. This is a collection full of maps and trapdoors, labyrinths and fragmented traces. Under Glass opens up new ways of telling stories, while questioning the value of storytelling itself. Beautifully crystalline and emotionally powerful, this poetry collection takes readers on a journey that is frightening yet tender, imperfect but triumphant.
Longisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards - Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry 2020