By Jamie Trower
All poetry needs to rhyme – that’s a fact. When I hear ‘poetry’, I think Dr. Seuss…I think New Zealand’s own, Sam Hunt. I think cigarette-smoking hipsters clicking and talking about their feelings. But after I read A Sign of Light I was pleasantly surprised. Not just because I know the guy, but it’s also (actually) pretty dang good. The poems are poignant, fresh, oftentimes humourous and have that sign that the title promises. It’s a poetry collection – most definitely – but it also has a strong narrative focus, following the story of Birdboy so it can also sit as a novel of sorts. I’d definitely recommend it.
We went along to support Jamie at his book launch, where we witnessed some great poetry from Jamie and his fellow poets.
You can get the book here