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An anthology of New Zealand poetry in English
Bornholdt, Jenny, 1960-
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Auckland : Oxford University Press New Zealand, 1997.
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xxxv, 547 pages ; 23 cm
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PR9635.25 .A58 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This comprehensive anthology of New Zealand poetry in English spans more than a century of verse-writing. It reveals the richness, variety and range of styles and voices to be found in the body of New Zealand verse in English. Established figures such as Curnow, Baxter and Tuwhare are givenstrong selections. Some previously neglected figures such as Jessie Mackay are rescued from obscurity, while contemporary poets are generously represented. With an eye to both fairness and range, editors Bornholdt, O'Brien and Williams have compiled a collection of New Zealand poetry remarkable asmuch for its diversity of poetic forms as its wealth of voices.

Author Notes

Bornholdt, poet. O'Brien, poet, Victoria University Writer in Residence 1995. Williams, Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury.

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This anthology is sheer delight. During its brief history, New Zealand has produced an outstanding body of poetry--indeed, during the last quarter of the 20th century, some of the most vital poetry in English. The sheer number and variety of fine poems dazzles, though the editors were not especially discerning in their representation of poets: the conservative selection defers to Maori poets of only minor achievement and to male poets who write a somewhat stiff, academic verse (Allen Curnow, Kendrick Smithyman, and Ian Wedde). Although they get short shrift, women poets with a warm and mature humanity (Ursula Bethell and Lauris Edmond) provide some of the most appealing work in the collection. As in the US, the most experimental contemporary poets in New Zealand are women, but one finds little evidence of that here: the selections from Cilla McQueen and Michele Leggott are limited. But despite these imbalances, this rich collection is a must-have for all collections of contemporary poetry. J. B. Beston; formerly, Nazareth College of Rochester

Table of Contents

Selections from the following poets: AdamsAdcock Allan and Arvidson Barr and Baugham Baxter and Bethel Beyer and Bland Bornholdt and Bracken Brasch and Brunton, Campbell A and Campbell M and Challis Charman and Cochrane Curnow A and Curnow W and Dallas, Davis and Dickson Duggan E and Duggan M and Edmond L and Edmond M and Eggleston and Eggleton and Ensing and Fairburn and Farrell and Fitzgerald and Frame and French and Gilbert and Glover and Hall,Harlow and Hawken and Henderson and Hulme and Hunt and Hyde and Ireland and Jackson and Johnson and Johnston and Joseph and Kemp and Kidman and Kirkland and Leggott and Lindsay and Lonie and Lye and Male and Manhire and Mansfield and Mason and McAlpine and MacKay and McQueen and Mitchell and Montgomery and Nannestad and Newton and Norcliffe and O'Brien and O'Sullivan and Olds and Oliver and Orr and Orsman and Paterson and Paul and Potiki and Rawlinson and Reeves and Riach and Sharp and Sinclair and Smither and Smithyman and Spear and Stanley and Stead and Sturm and Sullivan and Taylor and Tregear and Turner and Tuwhare and von Sturmer and Wall and Wedde and Wendt and Wilkins and Wright
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