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People Person by Joanna Cho


People Person is a debut collection of poems by award-winning Pōneke writer, Joanna Cho. These adventurous, funny and dissonant works are about the endless work of fitting in when the goalposts are constantly changing. Moving between South Korea and New Zealand, Joanna Cho’s poems range excitingly in form. At the heart of this book is a mother – a generous, artistic woman who has limited choices in life, in comparison with our narrator, who is almost paralysed by choice – and the deep, almost haunting comfort she brings. 

'It is humorous and witty and revealing. It is confessional and withholding, gifting and gifted.' —Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf