This is Rapatahana’s seventh collection of poetry. He writes in both of his main languages te reo Māori and English. Divided into five sections, these poems reflect Rapatahana’s strongly visceral style, whereby he confronts all manner of demons, ranging from intensely personal through to strongly political. His locales are international, with poems describing issues across the globe, although based primarily in Asia and Oceania.
Rapatahana is a widely published writer across several genre. His poetry collections have been published in Hong Kong SAR, Philippines, Macau, USA, UK, New Zealand, France, India. He won the inaugural Proverse Poetry Prize in 2016, the same year as his Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines. He is also represented in New Zealand’s Best Poems of 2017.