Bill Manhire's first new book since Lifted shows him building on the themes and expanding the techniques of that prize-winning collection. Here are finely crafted lyrics, found poems, and even a bracket of songs. The Victims of Lightning is Bill Manhire at the height of his powers.
Bill Manhire's published books include a Collected Poems (2001) and Lifted (2006), and many anthologies. He was the inaugural Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate in 1996-97, received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate award in 2005, and in 2007 received the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry. He directs the creative writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington.