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The debut collection from one of Aotearoa's most exciting emerging poets, Jackson Nieuwland. Take part in a different transformation with every new page as the speaker becomes by turns an egg, multiple trees, a town crier, a needle in a haystack, and a cone of blue light in this incisive and pathos-filled exploration of what it means to be anything at all.

Jackson Nieuwland is a human being, duh. They are a genderqueer writer, editor, librarian, and woo-girl, born and based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. They co-founded the reading/zine series Food Court. This isn’t even their final form.

Longlisted for the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021

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I Am A Human Being by Jackson Nieuwland

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The debut collection from one of Aotearoa's most exciting emerging poets, Jackson Nieuwland. Take part in a different transformation with every new page as the speaker becomes by turns an egg, multiple trees, a town crier, a needle in a haystack, and a cone of blue light in this incisive and pathos-filled exploration of what it means to be anything at all.

Jackson Nieuwland is a human being, duh. They are a genderqueer writer, editor, librarian, and woo-girl, born and based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. They co-founded the reading/zine series Food Court. This isn’t even their final form.

Longlisted for the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021

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