The Lonely Nude
‘your self: created, drawn, many times over’
From its arresting central image of standing naked before a life-drawing class, The Lonely Nude reveals a speaker who, even as she travels into the world, feels increasingly disconnected from it. With Dobson’s characteristic humour and subtlety, the seven sections explore paralysis and movement, singularity and connectedness, what is necessary and what can be stripped away.
‘Emily Dobson is one to watch out for.’ Peter Simpson, NZ Herald
‘These poems have a lively assertiveness, a voice that is not afraid to declare itself and its feelings.’ Clare Needham, Dominion Post
‘The poems are very assured and a joy to read.’ James Brown
'a hypnotic, enchanting collection.' Simon Sweetman from the Lumiere Reader
Emily Dobson was born in 1981 and grew up in Hawkes Bay. In 2004 Emily completed her MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in Wellington, winning the Adam Prize for best folio and the Glen Schaeffer Fellowship to attend the renowned creative writing programme at Iowa University. Emily is also a past winner of the Takahe poetry competition, and has had poetry published widely, including NZ Listener, Sport, and The Iowa Review.
She now lives with her family in Kereru, Hawkes Bay, in the house she grew up in.