Caught between the two cities of Hamilton and Wellington, a poet returns to her favourite themes of domestic life, her children and the Russian poet she loves. In the first part of Catullus for Children , Anna Jackson adapts some of Catullus's famous verse to the playground, sharply ting the obsessions and the preoccupations of her children in poems with titles like War and Party . The Treehouse is a further selection of poems on family life: affectionate, amused and wistful. In The Happiness of Poets , the Russians talk and sing and play games with words, and finally in Stow Stay , the family moves south, packs up and gets ready for a new life, every step an arrival . The poems are full of tenderness and delights in the child's world, but they also suggest fear and anxiety at its fragility and a kwledge that children soon grow up and take on the burdens of adulthood.