James K. BaxterJames Keir Baxter
) is recognised as one of New Zealand
's foremost poets. He was born in Dunedin
and was educated in Quaker
schools in New Zealand and England. His father, Archibald, was a pacifist
who was imprisoned for his beliefs during World War I
and his mother, Millicent was the daughter of a prominent Christchurch
academic, J Macmillan Brown.
Baxter wrote more than 30 books of poetry, several plays and many critical articles. He was recognised as a major talent when his first book, Beyond the Palisade (1944) was published. He was 18.
The following link provides more detail on the poet and his life [
- Beyond the Palisade, 1944
- Blow, Wind of Fruitfulness, 1948
- Hart Crane; a poem, 1948
- Recent Trends in New Zealand Poetry, 1951
- Poems Unpleasant, 1952 (with Louis Johnson and Anton Vogt)
- Rapunzel: a Fantasia for Six Voices, 1953
- The Fallen House, 1953
- The Fire and the Anvil, 1955
- Travellerís Litany, 1955
- The Iron Breadboard: Studies in New Zealand Writing, 1957
- The Night Shift: Poems on Aspects of Love, 1957 (with Charles Doyle, Louis Johnson and Kendrick Smithyman)
- In Fires of No Return, 1958
- Chosen Poems, 1958
- Two Plays: The Wide Open Cage and Jack Winter's Dream, 1959
- Howrah Bridge and Other Poems, 1961
- Three Women and the Sea, 1961
- The Spots of the Leopard, 1962
- The Ballad of the Soap Powder Lock-Out, 1963
- A Selection of Poetry, 1964
- Pig Island Letters, 1966
- Aspects of Poetry in New Zealand, 1967
- The Lion Skin, 1967.
- The Man on the Horse, 1967
- The Bureaucrat, 1968 (prod.)
- The Rock Woman: Selected Poems, 1969
- Jerusalem Sonnets: Poems for Colin Durning, 1970
- The Flowering Cross, 1970
- The Devil and Mr Mulcahy, and The Band Rotunda, 1971 (plays)
- Jerusalem Daybook, 1971
- The Sore-Footed Man, and The Temptations of Oedipus, 1971 (plays)
- Ode to Auckland and Other Poems, 1972
- Autumn Testament,1972 (edited by Paul Millar)
- Four God Songs, 1972
- Letter to Peter Olds, 1972
- Runes, 1973.
- Two Obscene Poems, 1974
- Barney Flanagan and Other Poems, read by James K. Baxter, 1973 (record)
- The Labyrinth: Some Uncollected Poems 1944-72, 1974.
- The Tree House and Other Poems for Children, 1974.
- The Bone Chanter, 1976 (ed. and introd. by J.E. Weir)
- The Holy Life and Death of Concrete Grady, 1976 (ed. and introd. by J.E. Weir)
- James K. Baxter as Critic, 1978 (by Frank McKay).
- Baxter Basics, 1979
- Collected Poems, 1979 (edited by John Weir, reissued in 1995)
- Collected Plays, 1982.
- Selected Poems, 1982.
- Horse: a Novel, 1985.
- The Essential Baxter / selected and introduced by John Weir, 1993
- Cold Spring: Baxter's Unpublished Early Collection, 1996 (edited by Paul Millar)