New book reveals poetry touching on 20th century New Zealand life

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Author David E. Richmond’s evocative poems take readers back to ‘The Place We Call Our Home.’

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Endowed with a deep empathy with the land and an appreciation of the singular beauty with which nature has gifted the shores in Aotearoa, New Zealand, author David E. Richmond pens expressive poems that evoke the sentiments in “The Place We Call Our Home” (published by Xlibris NZ).

In this book, Richmond includes a selection of poems from a corpus he has written over the years. They are divided into seven sections according to their theme: ‘our land,’ people, living, loving, comment, reflection and memory. The poems touching on history throw an interesting light on aspects of New Zealand life in the early years of the 20th century. While all may not agree with the author’s mildly skeptical stance when commenting on a range of administrative and social issues, from planning to politics, glamour to grammar, at least readers will find it illuminating. He is not afraid to reflect on difficult topics such as death and war either. The ethos of the poetry is, by and large, refreshingly positive in contrast to the melancholia that seems to inflict much modern writing.

“People will always appreciate nature in all her forms,” Richmond says. “People will always enjoy a laugh. Many will find memories of their own triggered by certain of the poems, and others will discover the benefits of reflection.”

The author considers it a great reward if this collection of poetry appeals to someone’s sense of humor, triggers a pleasant memory, makes one reconsider their life’s priorities or reawakens someone’s long-dormant spiritual sensibility.

“The Place We Call Our Home”
By David E. Richmond
Hardcover | 8.5x11in | 120 pages | ISBN 9781493192465
Softcover | 8.5x11in | 120 pages | ISBN 9781493192441
E-Book | 120 pages | ISBN 9781493192458
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Richmond is a retired medical practitioner and university professor. He has postgraduate qualifications in Medicine, Education and Theology. For most of his childhood, he lived with his family in rural areas in the Waikato and Northland, New Zealand, his father being the sole charge teacher of a series of small country schools. This may explain his deep empathy with rural New Zealand. “The Place We Call Our Home” is not Richmond’s first foray into print. He has had over 120 scientific papers and book chapters published in international peer reviewed medical, educational and theological journals and in 2013 he was the lead author of the book: “In the Beginning: A history of the Medical Unit, Auckland Hospital and the first thirty years of the Department of Medicine in the University of Auckland.”

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