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Book Specifications:

34 pages

210 mm x 130 mm x 3 mm

ISBN: 978-0-9957480-9-5

Print run of 100.




Design and Production: Lucy Wilkinson

Printed and handbound at the press

Oscar Mardell, Great Works

  • Great Works consists of thirteen poems, each about a different freezing works in Aotearoa New Zealand. Satirising the colonial-pastoral mythologies through which the local landscape has often been interpreted, the collection gives due attention to an industry which, in spite of its centrality to the nation's economic history, has remained conspicuously absent from its art and literature. Here, as in Batailles, 'the slaughterhouse is linked to religion': Great Works offers a darkly-comic view of sacrifice and slaughter in 'God's Own Country'.

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