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Cassino: City of Martyrs/Citta Martire
Cassino: City of Martyrs/Città Martire is a collection of poetry that follows the author’s thoughts as he travels to the Italian cities his grandfather fought in during the Second World War.
It also muses on questions of life and death, cosmology and the status of Māori in New Zealand and contains literary references to poets, writers, artists and philosophers and their works.
So who will sound sweet conches at home?
Why leave their names on a stone?
How to care for national cemeteries
far from burial caves, and family memories
nearer home? The creek bed snivels
still for the tender burial,
the flooded war memorial.
(inspired by Hone Tuwhare’s poem ‘Haiku’)
Robert Sullivan’s poetry has appeared in prestigious USA journals including Harvard Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Ploughshares and Manoa.
In New Zealand his poems have been in many issues of Landfall, Best New Zealand Poems 2002, 2005 and 2007, 121 New Zealand Poems (edited by Bill Manhire), An Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Poetry (edited by Gregory O’Brien, Jenny Bornholdt and Mark Williams), and the forthcoming anthology Twenty New Zealand Poets (Carcanet, UK).