Under Glass

Gregory Kan

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.

‘The things that are really big and really close
are too big and too close to be seen.’

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.


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About the author

Gregory Kan’s work has featured in literary journals such as Atlanta Review, Cordite, Jacket, Landfall, New Zealand Listener, SPORT and Best New Zealand Poems, as well as art exhibitions, journals and catalogues. His first book of poetry, This Paper Boat, was shortlisted in the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

March 2019, 210 x 148 mm, 76 pages
ISBN 9781869408916, $24.99