Rosetta Allan


Rosetta Allan is a New Zealand-based writer.

Her first poetry collection, Little Rock (Boheme), was published in 2007, and her second, Over lunch (Creative Exchange), in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in publications and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia and the US, and in online literary journals.

Her debut novel, Purgatory (Penguin, 2014), is a historical novel based on the Otahuhu murders of 1865.


Dear mother

EssayI am the scattered cherry blossomthat falls in the spring.I am the snow that feathersthe top of your headyour shouldersthe tip of your nose.I kept my daughter’s doll closepinned to the steel of my cockpitand called your namemother.I HAVE...

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