In Gleam, Sarah Broom's powerful poems explore the effect of a life-threatening condition by way of the landscapes of the natural world, charting the hardest things in beautiful language. Broom's forte is encapsulating, expressing and making sense of strong internal feeling and turmoil through metaphor. This impressive collection examines basic human truths with clarity and force - 'we are flesh and blood after all / and we do not like to die' - and will open out painful, rewarding vistas for its readers.
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.