Palaver Lava Queen


Sue Fitchett

*No longer in print


‘The poems in Palaver Lava Queen are about Auckland, its geology, history and culture, Pacific undertones. . . . it’s all great stuff, and one imagines Fitchett, a conservationist, working to regenerate bush on her Trust property while her mind is busy with the present and the past.’ – Jenny Argante, Bay of Plenty Times


Palaver Lava Queen is a poetic mediation on the city of Auckland, in particular its geologically, psychologically, culturally fragmented and fractured nature. It evokes in complex and unexpected ways the city of volcanoes and of the sea, the Polynesian city and its people, the brash crass city of the Sky Tower and the real estate agent.



Sue Fitchett is a writer and registered clinical psychologist who lives on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Palaver Lava Queen (AUP, 2004) is her fourth book, and the first collection of poems of which she is the sole creator. She co-authored with Janet Charman and Marina Bachmann Drawing Together (Spiral; 1985), Charts & Soundings; Some Small Navigation Aids with photographer Jane Zusters (Spiral/Spinifex, 1999) and co-edited Eat These Sweet Words, the lesbian volume of The New Zealand Anthology of Lesbian & Gay Poetry(Giant, 1999). Sue was the Louis Johnson Bursar in 2001/2002, the co-winner of the 1998 New Zealand Poetry Society’s International Poetry Competition, a place getter in the Takahe 2000 Poetry competition and has received commendations in various other national and international competitions.


November 2004, 224 x 164 mm, 80 pages
Paperback, ISBN 9781869403263, $24.99