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Author Michael Harlow’s latest work is being celebrated in Alexandra.

Harlow recently launched his most recent collection of prose-poems called The Moon in a Bowl of Water, at Community House.

The book is the 11th for Harlow, who has specialised in the genre for many years.

One of his earlier works, titled Nothing but Switzerland and Lemonade was published in 1968 and he understood was the first of its kind in New Zealand.

“It’s a very old form,” he said, of prose-poems.

“It goes all the way back to the Greeks and Romans.

“It’s one of the oldest forms of poetry in the world, but a late arrival to New Zealand.”

Harlow also had reason to celebrate his craft last year when he was presented the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry.

He regarded it as one of the most prestigious prizes, which was worth $60,000.

However, that money did not go towards his book, The Moon in a Bowl of Water, as it was already being published by Otago University Press.