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About the Author: James K. Baxter

James Keir Baxter was a poet, and is a celebrated figure in New Zealand society.

In his critical study Lives of the Poets, Michael Schmidt defines Baxter's 'Jacobean consonantal rhetoric'.Schmidt has claimed that Baxter was 'one of the most precocious poets of the century' whose neglect outside of New Zealand is baffling. His writing was affected by his alcoholism. His work drew upon Dylan Thomas and Yeats; then on MacNeice and Lowell. Michael Schmidt identifies 'an amalgam of Hopkins, Thomas and native atavisms' in Baxter's 'Prelude N.Z.

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Paperback, Published in Apr 2010 by Carcanet Press Ltd.

ISBN10: 1847770479 | ISBN13: 9781847770479

Page count: 210

Divided into four stages to reflect the development of James K. Baxter’s work from the 1940s to 1972, this innovative assortment combines the poet’s widely known poems with more unusual and previously unpublished works. Placing these works in the context of global poetic developments during the mid-20th century, the collection showcases Baxter’s preferred position as a principled outsider—covering everything from mythology and religion, memory and death, Maori culture and the New Zealand landscape to travels to India and Japan and protesting the Vietnam War. Indicating the full breadth of Baxter’s writing, the selection pleases and surprises both new readers and those familiar with his poetry.

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