The road goes through to somewhere else
– Kendrick Smithyman
– Kendrick Smithyman
Here's my preliminary attempt at a regional breakdown of the 27 poets in our anthology, Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance:
- Place -- Name -- Dates -- Pages in Classic NZ Poets
- A. R. D. Fairburn (1904-1957) 1-7
- mainly Devonport and the North Shore, though he also worked at Auckland university and at ELAM.
- Kevin Ireland (b.1933) 82-86
- mainly Devonport and the North Shore, though he spent 25 years working as a journalist in the UK.
- R. A. K. Mason (1905-1971) 8-13
- born in Penrose, but lived later at a succession of addresses on the North Shore (including Mairangi Bay).
- Keith Sinclair (1922-1993) 31-33
- brought up in Pt Chevalier, he moved later to Takapuna, across the Harbour Bridge.
- C. K. Stead (b.1932) 75-81
- strongly associated with the Sargeson school on the North Shore, he subsequently moved to Parnell.
CHRISTCHURCH & CANTERBURY
- Allen Curnow (1911-2001) 16-22
- born in Timaru, and moved to Auckland in 1950. Much of his later poetry is set there, particularly on Karekare beach.
- Denis Glover (1912-1980) 23-25
- born in Dunedin, brought up in Christchurch, and lived in Wellington (writing memorably about its harbour).
- Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (b.1925) 60-64
- though he moved to New Zealand as a child, he has written a good deal (poetry & prose) about his Polynesian heritage.
- Lauris Edmond (1924-2000) 45-49
- brought up in Hawkes Bay and educated in Wellington, she is strongly associated with the Central North Island.
DUNEDIN & OTAGO
- James K. Baxter (1926-1972) 65-70
- also has strong associations with Wellington, Auckland and Jerusalem on the Whanganui River.
- Charles Brasch (1909-1973) 14-15
- lived in Britain for a long time, but came back to New Zealand to found and edit Landfall in the 1950s.
- Janet Frame (1924-2004) 50-54
- from Oamaru, though she lived in many different parts of the country, including Sargeson’s bach in Takapuna.
- Brian Turner (b.1944) 131-137
- lives in Central Otago, after many years of writing and working in Dunedin.
- Michael Harlow (b.1937) 98-102
- born in New York, he has lived in Greece, Christchurch and (now) Central Otago.
- Riemke Ensing (b.1939) 109-112
- moved to New Zealand at the age of twelve; she was brought up in Northland and subsequently moved to Auckland.
- Alistair Paterson (b.1929) 71-74
- born in Nelson, went to university in Wellington, and is now living in Auckland.
- Michael Jackson (b.1940) 119-123
- born in Nelson, brought up in Taranaki, but has spent most of his adult life abroad (Sierra Leone, the USA, etc.)
- Kendrick Smithyman (1922-1995) 34-39
- though he moved to Auckland at the age of nine, he always retained strong links with the north.
- Hone Tuwhare (b.1922) 40-44
- also strong links with Dunedin and Otago, where he now lives (Kaka Point).
- Albert Wendt (b.1939) 113-118
- born in Apia, he was educated in New Plymouth and Wellington before returning to Samoa (now based in Auckland).
- Elizabeth Smither (b.1941) 126-130
- born in New Plymouth, she has spent most of her life working there as a librarian.
- Fleur Adcock (b.1934) 87-92
- born in Auckland and educated in Wellington, she has spent much of her adult life in the UK.
- Peter Bland (b.1934) 93-97
- born in Yorkshire, he moved to New Zealand at the age of 20. He is principally associated with Wellington.
- M. K. Joseph (1914-1981) 26-30
- born in Essex and educated in France, he moved to Tauranga at the age of 10, and subsequently moved to Auckland.
- Louis Johnson (1924-1988) 55-59
- born and brought up in Wellington, he later worked in Australia and New Guinea before returning to New Zealand.
- David Mitchell (b.1940) 124-125
- born in Wellington, he made his reputation as a performance poet there and in Auckland in the 60s and 70s.
- Vincent O'Sullivan (b.1937) 103-108
- born in Auckland, he taught in Wellington and Waikato before returning to the capital to live.