Collected Poems of James K. Baxter

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Literary Collections - 658 pages
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A new reissue of the definitive edition of 200 poems chosen from a corpus of 600, the work here ranges across his entire career, both before and after his conversion to Catholicism. This edition includes two poems not in the original, Moss on Plum Branches and A Pair of Sandals, both written in the week of the poet's death.

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Contents

Of Age
5
The Lie 1 I
11
A child is born
17
RainPloughs
26
I ask
32
Lie deep my love
41
Evening Ode
47
Tunnel Beach
53
Thoughts of a Remuera Housewife
314
A Bucket of Blood for a Dollar
320
The Woman in the Bus
326
On Possessing the Burns Fellowship 1966
335
The Track The gates of the river widen
341
The Perfect Wife
342
Mother and Son
369
Winter River
377

Haast Pass
62
The Track As we climbed on the rough track
68
Virginia Lake
74
Wellington Time is a frown on the stone brow
76
Sea Change
82
The Doll
91
The Fallen House
97
Revenants
112
The Bad Young Man
118
Conversation in a Road
124
The Sirens
130
Lament for Barney Flanagan
136
Song for the Middle Years
145
Letter to Australia
151
Heard in a Sod Chimney
157
The Private Conference ol Marry Fat
160
The Loud Quarters
166
Auckland
178
Ourselves
184
Air Flight to Delhi
193
The Sixties
211
The Matriarch
217
She who is like the moon
223
Clutha
229
The Grove
244
At Serrieres
250
The Betrayal
254
Martyrdom
260
An Ode to the Reigning Monarch on
266
The Death of John
272
Old Man
285
A Little letter to Auckland Students
291
The First Communions
296
The Beach House
302
Of Causes
308
Mary at Ephesus
383
Winter Sea
389
Feeding the Birds
395
The Instruments
401
The Fiery Shirt
407
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411
The Garland
417
The Chariot
423
To Patric Carey
429
For Hone
439
The rain has wet my beard and hair
448
Jerusalem Sonnets 1969
453
Song My love came through the city
477
The Rocks
483
Letter to Eugene OSullivan
489
Plucking Geese
495
The Problem of Keeping Dogs
502
In Praise of the Taniwha
513
Getting Stoned on the Night Air
519
Ballad of the Third Boobhead
525
He Waiata mo Te Kare
537
Te Whiore o te Kuri
565
Ferry from Lyttelton
571
Torso II
577
Complaint to a Friend
583
Sestina of the River Road
589
The Tiredness of Me and Herakles
595
The Grasshopper
603
The Old Owl
609
The Maori Boy
620
Glossary of Maori Words and Phrases
631
Index of First Lines
644
Index of Titles
653
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About the author (2004)

Considered New Zealand's most significant poet, James K. Baxter has also been called one of the most remarkable English-language poets of the mid-twentieth century. Born into an educated family in New Zealand, he spent most of his life there and became a much-loved and respected figure in his homeland. Starting out as something of a boy prodigy in the field of poetry, Baxter went on to face alcoholism, then to convert to Catholicism. In his last years, some considered him a saint as he wandered around New Zealand "barefoot, long-bearded, patched and baggy." Baxter published his first poetry in 1944. He also wrote about 20 plays-many of them produced successfully-four books of literary commentary and criticism, numerous religious essays, and fiction. His Collected Poems is still available, but most of his work in other genres is out of print. Believing strongly in the poet's vocation, in the poet as a prophet, Baxter was also a skilled artist. His work, which is characterized by a technical conservatism and an adherence to formality, reflects his familiarity with a wide range of poets, including the English romantics, Greek and Latin poets, and modernists, such as Yeats, Hopkins, and Hardy.

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