Author(s): James K. Baxter (ed Paul Millar)
James K Baxter is more than a New Zealand poet: the poems in this selection place him among the major poets of the twentieth century. Yet New Zealand lies at the heart of his work, the best of which constitutes an unparalleled, intensely personal engagement with the country, its people, and society. In this new selection editor Paul Miller endeavours to represent the range of Baxter's achievement, not merely its peaks. He has divided the poetry into two parts: Part 1 is a selection of poems - and a small but significant sample of prose - from books published during Baxter's lifetime or over which he had considerable editorial control shortly before he died. Part 2 extends the scope of the poetry to include a range of posthumously published, published but uncollected, and unpublished poems ordered chronologically by date of composition. Paul Millar's edition includes commentary to clarify aspects of Baxter's life and work that might now be becoming obscure. With its careful structuring, critical introduction, concise biographical notes, and extensive bibliography, this edition has value for interested readers, students, and scholars alike. First published 2001.