Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston lives in Paris. His latest book of poems, Sol, was published by Victoria University Press in 2007 and by Arc (UK) in 2008.

Johnston comments: ‘“Do You Read Me?” started off as a sequence for my son Oscar when he was born in Wellington in 2007 (in the radio alphabet, O is Oscar and P is Papa, which is what he calls me). I wanted it to be a collection of dubious advice from father to son, but it has turned out to be just another machine designed to get me to write. So it has become a grab-bag of anecdotes, dreams, nightmares, delirium—just your average unfinished poem sequence, in other words. But there is some advice, especially in “Alpha.” “Sierra” is a dream poem.’

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