New Zealand born Sarah Broom studied at Leeds and Oxford universities and lectured at Somerville College, Oxford, before coming home in 2000. She has held a post-doctoral fellowship at Massey and lectured at Otago University. She has previously published Contemporary British and Irish Poetry and sell-out poetry collection Tigers at Awhitu.
"A collection profoundly attuned to human mortality in which Sarah Broom unerringly conveys the joy of the material world. In lyric nets cast at a linguistic edge between life and death, land and sea, home and the world, she expresses the pleasure we take in things we do not own. These poems uncover in a catch of breath and heart what it means to hold on--and let go." --Janet Charman, poet and author, Cold Snack