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This is your real name

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title This is your real name
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Elizabeth Morton
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 230,Width 150
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry
Poetry by individual poets
ISBN/Barcode 9781988531922

Publishing Details

Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Publication Date 2 February 2020
Publication Country New Zealand


In lieu of flowers, bring weeds. Elizabeth Morton's poems look unflinchingly at a raw and unstable world - the crash, the aftermath, the comeback, 'the black heat at the centre of things'. The poems in Morton's second collection are charged with a visceral energy. This is poetry as incantation: an intense, larger-than-life, tactile experience. Underneath the surface of the contemporary world of Poke mon, The Cosby Show and hospital cubicles, the reader is drawn into a dreamscape of creeks and bogs, a fiery meadow and the guts of the sea. A blindman circles a Minotaur; a black horse rides through the pages. As the reader finds handholds within Morton's poems, they may trace a dislocation between the voices here and the worlds into which they're thrown - a strangely askew New Zealand, a mythological America, in liminal spaces where identity and meaning become blurred and uncertain. Jammed full of want, need, despair, love and politics, these are poems of archaeology and identity - where will we dig for our selves? By what names are we called? By whom are we known? This is darkly funny, unsettling writing that strips all the meat from the bones, 'always writing the same story'.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Morton grew up in suburban Auckland. Her first poetry collection, Wolf, was published by Ma karo Press in 2017. She has placed, been shortlisted and highly commended for various prizes, including the 2015 Kathleen Grattan Award, and her poetry and prose have been published in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Australia, Canada and online. She has completed an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.


'In Elizabeth Morton's poems nothing is certain, except that they create and occupy a vivid and mysterious world.' C.K. Stead, New Zealand Poet Laureate, 2017. 'Elizabeth Morton's Wolf is a darting, vigourous collection of poems that shift perspective from piece to piece to create a vivid sense of the human animal, where wild instinct clashes with the given order of things.' Claire Mabey, Landfall Review Online, 1 October 2017