"Poetry has been part of Rae Varcoe's everyday life since Mrs Entwisle led her to Wilfred Owen, R.A.K. Mason and Gerard Manley Hopkins in the third form. She has been writing poetry much more recently, beginning with an MA course at Victoria University in 1997. Like other doctor poets, she is particularly interested in exploring the deep and complex relationships between medicine and poetry. She was born in 1944 and grew up in Dunedin, and works as a blood diseases physician at Auckland City Hospital."--Back cover.
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Plot 608 The Old Balclutha Cemetery
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