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Unposted, Autumn Leaves / A Memoir In Essays by Stephen Oliver 2021

Unposted, Autumn Leaves / A Memoir In Essays by Stephen Oliver
Unposted, Autumn Leaves / A Memoir In Essays by Stephen Oliver covers the author's early youth, and adventures in Sydney and San Francisco and cultural history as it relates to his Irish heritage.

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Unposted, Autumn Leaves /

A Memoir In Essays

Author: Stephen Oliver

Publication date: April 2021

Format: softcover

340 pages

Dimensions: 5 x 8 inches

ISBN  978-0-646-83311-8

RRP $30.00

Greywacke Press, Canberra, 2021

transtasman poet, born in New Zealand and resident in Australia for two decades, and now returned to New Zealand, Oliver has been a mainstay of the Antipodes creative nonfiction section for many years. His winsome, rueful, self-effacing, and above all inventive essays manifest at once an acrid irony toward all overweening aspirations and yet still cherish a hope for personal and even social transformation … it is to Oliver that we should look for the genuine commonalities between Australia and New Zealand, and their respective literatures. It is here that I find the poetry and prose of Stephen Oliver so valuable.’ Nicholas Birns—Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, Vol. 29.2 December 2015, 'Substances by Which We Sense Ourselves’.

 

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Oliver’s Unposted, Autumn Leaves: A Memoir In Essays, begins with his childhood growing up in the hilly suburb of Brooklyn-west, Wellington, New Zealand, in the ’50s and ’60s. He attended St. Bernard’s Primary School, Brooklyn, then Marist Brothers, Newtown, and finally, St. Patrick’s College, Cambridge Terrace. This period is extensively covered, including his post-schooldays, right through to the close of the ’60s, in a Wellington that no longer exists, captured in the essays Chalk, Talk And Asphalt Days, ‘A Big Fruity Guy …’, A Small Matter Of Demolition, A Nostalgia For Books, and Gnosis, A Spark.

‘A transtasman poet, born in New Zealand and resident in Australia for two decades, and now returned to New Zealand, Oliver has been a mainstay of the Antipodes creative nonfiction section for many years. His winsome, rueful, self-effacing, and above all inventive essays manifest at once an acrid irony toward all overweening aspirations and yet still cherish a hope for personal and even social transformation … it is to Oliver that we should look for the genuine commonalities between Australia and New Zealand, and their respective literatures. It is here that I find the poetry and prose of Stephen Oliver so valuable.’ Nicholas Birns—Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, Vol. 29.2 December 2015, 'Substances by Which We Sense Ourselves’.

There are essays on travel, One Day In The Life Of Richard Ramos recalls San Francisco in 1979, and One Day In The Life Of Vicki Viidikas covers Sydney from the mid to late ’80s. Gulls Dreaming At The Mast, and The River Runs Backwards considers Irish cultural history as it relates to the life and times of Oliver’s great-grandfather, Thomas McCormack, who emigrated from Ireland to Australia, and later as a young man, sailed from Melbourne aboard the S.S. Ringarooma to Port Chalmers, Dunedin, in 1877. Unposted, Autumn Leaves counterpoints much that can be found in his epic poem, Intercolonial (2013) which ‘reaffirms Oliver’s status as our leading transtasman poet.’