Geoff Cochrane is a poet and fiction writer. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, and he has published several volumes of poetry. His writing has been described as, ‘spare in form and precise in language’. He published a novella, 'Quest Clinic' in 1992, and his first novel, Tin Nimbus (1995), describes an alcoholic’s quest for sobriety and eventual escape from institutions that may provide it.
Cochrane's collection of poetry Vanilla Wine was published by Victoria University Press in 2003. His poem 'Vanilla Wine' was named as one of the Best New Zealand Poems 2003.
Hypnic Jerks (Victoria University Press) a collection of poetry, was published in 2005. He has also contributed 'Three Stories' to The Best of New Zealand Fiction: Volume Three (Vintage, 2006).
Cochrane had a poem included in Shards of Silver (Steele Roberts, 2006), a book investigating the interplay between photography and poetry.
84-484 (VUP, 2007) is a collection of poetry which takes its name from Geoff Cochrane's grandparents' phone number in the 1950s. In his review of 84-484 for the Sunday Star Times (19 August, 2007), Iain Sharpe called it '…a glorious mess of a book, packed with reminiscences of a Catholic upbringing, anecdotes about derelict acquaintances, arcana about aircraft, quotes from a lifetime’s reading and movie-going, shrewd observations, skew-whiff axioms.'
David Eggleton of the Dominion post says of 84-484, "it becomes apparent that Cochrane is not merely a frugal poet, thriftily recycling anecdotal skerricks and wisps of philosophical thoughts and self-destructive needs into highly crafted and sophisticated works of art, but also a darkly humorous memorialist: a keeper of the keys for marginal Wellington".
Pocket Edition was published by Victoria University Press in 2009. Says Paula Green of the New Zealand Herald: "Cochrane's mix of dark, witty, concentrated lines are well worth storing in a jacket pocket for the spare little moments that beg for a poem".
Cochrane's most recent work is The Worm in the Tequila, published by Victoria University Press in 2010. His new book is a bracing and invigorating distillation of his distinctive talent. ‘Geoff Cochrane’s is a whole world, rendered in lines at once compressed and open, mysterious and approachable.’ —Damien Wilkins