Elizabeth Nannestad

‘Elizabeth Nannestad's Jump (Auckland University Press) reveals a lyric gift that most poets would envy.’
– Keith Sinclair.

Jump is the first collection from poet Elizabeth Nannestad, who has also worked as a doctor and forensic psychiatrist. These brief poems come to us in a singular voice, deceptively deft and simple. They are capable of song, wit and mystery. Elizabeth Nannestad writes of these poems: They are all about movement around some pivot that appears for the moment to stay the same; they are made that way so that as far as poems can, they have lives of their own. They can take off now for wherever they like to go.


Elizabeth Nannestad is an Auckland poet who has worked as a doctor and forensic psychiatrist. She has been published in a wide selection of anthologies and journals including Sport, Landfall and New Zealand Poetry. She was the joint winner of the 1987 New Zealand Book Award for Poetry with Allen Curnow and published her second collection, If He's a Good Dog He'll Swim with Auckland University Press in 1996.

New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, 1987.


March 1986, 215 x 130 mm, 64 pages
Paperback, ISBN 9781869400019