moving back into the sleepout

9 thoughts on “moving back into the sleepout”

  1. Do you do artists’ residencies? I’d like to come hang out in your studio and take lots of naps on your day bed.


  2. The new floor looks lovely Helen, but lovelier still, ‘The Comforter,’ which I have just finished reading.

    It is the most engaging collection of poems that I’ve read in a long time. Maybe it’s because we’re a similar age, so all your references are so very familiar to me. The poem ‘Wainui next door’ absolutely cracked me up. Dad bought me a blue Raleigh bike for my twelfth birthday, but the sleek, narrow framed Ten Speeds had just come on the market. I had a big pre-teen sulk (which I’m not proud of) and he returned the Raleigh and exchanged it for an emerald green Ten Speed.

    Anyway, it’s a rare thing to find a poetry book that is a page turner from beginning to end. By the time I reached the final poem I had experienced every kind of emotion. Each poem is polished until it shines, but the rawness and honesty of the thing felt and the situation being responded to has not been rubbed away. A wonderful book. Thank you.


    1. Wow, thanks so much, Bronwyn for taking the trouble to get in touch and say such lovely things. Getting this message from you really made my day! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks again, Helen.


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