Vaughan Rapatahana’s SCHISMS makes significant patterns out of the randomness of life’s events and gives succinct and effective voice to the peculiarly modern condition of the global nomad at once home everywhere and home nowhere.
Rapatahana is Māori (Te Ātiawa, Ngati Te Whiti) with a compelling world voice which he uses skillfully to tell us his stories and make his often pungent points. This is poetry with attitude...passionate, uncompromising and sardonic. There may even be a certain darkness here, but one with an abundance, a playfulness in language and thought, even laugh-out-loud funny.
SCHISMS sustains a challenging approach to 21st Century international poetry. It is a word musical journey you will both savour and long remember.