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Due for release, 22 October 2015
ISBN 978-0-473-33333-1
80pp, Paperback, 144mm x 215mm
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In these six long poems Sarah Jane Barnett explores how people fight for a normal life. Set in Ethiopia, Paris, Norway, and New Zealand these astonishing poems take you into the lives of others – a grieving man leaves Ethiopia at the end of the civil war; a polyamorous couple have a child; a woman hunts a black bear on a New Zealand sheep station. Original and spellbinding, these poems walk the line between poetry and fiction.

Read an excerpt of ‘Addis Ababa’ on this website. 
Read an excerpt of ‘The Woman who Married a Bear’ on Up Country.
Listen to Sarah talk about her first book on Arts on Sunday

Responses to A Man Runs into a Woman

‘Vivid and real and so brave.’
– John Campbell, Chief Judge of New Zealand Post Book Awards 2013

‘Barnett deliberately treads an uneasy line between voyeurism and empathy in these remarkable poems.’
– The Landfall Review

‘Barnett’s debut collection is well worth heralding … the poet has adeptly made this material her own and inhabits the specifics in order to invoke our deeper consternation and bewilderment about the sources of human cruelty.’