April 2009, reprinted 2019 $27.99 172pp, Paperback 210 x 148mm ISBN: 978-1-877257-79-7
A Canoe in Midstream: Poems New and Old is a collection of poems by Apirana Taylor. This, his fifth volume of poetry, includes much new work, together with many old favourites (the ones most requested at readings). Accessible, tender, hard-hitting: Api Taylor’s work assumes many forms, and is included in New Zealand schools’ English curriculum. There are not many Kiwis, young or old, who are unfamiliar with his work.
'Apirana Taylor is seer and shapeshifter, poet and warrior: strength and love find equal balance in verse that is alternately raging and lyrical, dramatic and meditative, haka and haiku . . .' – Fiona Farrell
Handle with care. Skim my paper sails. Read me again. Unfurl and let the winds of poetry blow
Apirana Taylor is a popular and acclaimed poet, short-story writer, novelist, playwright, actor, musician and painter. He is of Maori and Pakeha descent, with proud affiliation to Ngati Porou, Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Runanui. Api performs extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally.This, his fourth volume of poetry, includes much new work, together with many old favourites (the ones most requested at readings).