Author(s): Alexandra Fraser
The book had its genesis in my thesis Deconstructing Light, which I wrote for Master of Creative Writing AUT. The poems are an investigation of the impact of my father’s influence on me - his scientific mind, his love of photography and astronomy and how this influence has shaped my own development, career choice (a science teacher), my own learning to see the world.
The camera leaves
paper trails of stars
pixels changing bit by bit
A father leaves influences small
tattoos in the mind
ink across the years
diffusing into time
prints of a life
Alexandra Fraser possesses a sharp, scientific eye and fine lyric voice. Imbued with these skills, Star Trails is a beautifully crafted book about family, photography, physics, stargazing and so much more. As it turns the everyday into the miraculous and moving, this book makes us question our place in the world: who we are; where we’ve come from; what we might yet become. — Siobhan Harvey
Alexandra Fraser is an Auckland poet and member of the Isthmus group. She has been published widely in anthologies and magazines both in New Zealand and overseas. Star Trails is her second collection. Her first is Conversations by Owl-light.