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These vivid, poignant, often sardonic pieces contemplate a range of subjects from rollerskating to rabbits, from being David Bowie to first love, heartbreak, and Friday night fails.
They include an extraordinary series of reports from the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes: "In the days following the earthquake, there are no birds flying over the city. They’ve taken wing and flown away from the devastated city. The only noise on the cracked streets is the deep hum of generators; the throb of helicopters and the crashing thud of machinery working through the night trying with all its mechanical might to put the city back together."
At one point in the engaging “Letters from America,” she searches for Michael Jackson's house in Gary, Indiana: "I can’t help but wonder whether there’s another Michael Jackson dancing his heart out in his living room. If there is, I wonder how he will ever get out."
Here's some advance praise:
"Zara Potts' essays are lockets full of prose - small, shiny treasures holding powerful memories. Through her gift for precise detail, she pulls readers into her experiences of love and loss and evokes them in sweet, bitter fragments." - Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air, The Mapmaker's War, and The Chronicle of Secret Riven.
"Zara Potts is a poet. Only someone with her gift for language could render a devastating natural disaster with such beauty and clarity, could so confidently navigate the powerful and turbulent emotions rolling seismically beneath the once solid surface of a thriving city. But be warned - the deep pounding you hear while turning these pages isn't an impending earthquake. It's the thudding of your own heart as you share her incredible journey through the mind and soul." - Richard Cox, author of Thomas World and The God Particle.
The earthquake reports and the letters first appeared on line at The Nervous Breakdown.