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Always Italicise

Always Italicise

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Māori scholar and poet Alice Te Punga Somerville was once advised to 'always italicise foreign words’. In her Ockham-winning debut book of poetry, she does precisely that. With equal parts humour and bite, sadness and aroha, she unpacks how one 'writes while colonised' in a masterclass of feeling isolated, rendered in poetic form. Drawing on her experience as a scholar, Te Punga Somerville traces the power of language throughout Aotearoa and the wider Pacific, Indigenous and colonial worlds. She asks how to be the only Māori person in a workplace and how – and why – to do the mahi anyway. 

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is a scholar and poet. She researches and teaches Māori, Pacific and Indigenous texts to de-centre colonialism at the University of British Columbia. She earned a PhD at Cornell University, is a Fulbright scholar and a recipient of a Marsden grant. 

21.5 x 16cm
88 pages  
ISBN 9781869409760

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