Working Notes

  • Sometimes I see a copy of a book I own, and stare at it for a moment, both comforted and lost. I rarely take them out – it’s like meeting someone who is no longer in love with you. Slide one from the ...
  • This is what I am working on....

News

  • Love in the Age of Mechanical ReproductionRe-issue of Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
    Titus Books have released a new e-book edition of my first collection of poetry, Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction! First published in 2005, Love in the Age contains several long poems, ...
  • Fast Fibres 7 poetry from NorthlandFast Fibres Poetry 7
    New anthology out now! Fast Fibres Poetry Seven: from Northland, ed. Piet Nieuwland and Olivia Macassey (Fast Fibres Poetry Collective, 2020) Featuring the diverse and talented: Sarah Angus, Stuart ...

The Burnt Hotel

The Burnt Hotel(Titus Books, 2015)

“I remember the night he went sleepwalking
and a hotel burned down...


"The Burnt Hotel plays out like a dark melody. With what one poem calls ‘the violence of dedication’, the writing returns to particular words, lines and feelings like a ballad does to a refrain: loss, love, lemonade, a razorblade. Olivia Macassey’s poems will lead you down strange, new streets. They’ll follow you home."  — Hinemoana Baker.