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“Unlicked selves”, Hugh Roberts

Collected Poems Fleur Adcock Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776562091 “Fleur Adcock is a New Zealand poet, editor and translator who resides in Britain” – so says, blandly, the inside back flap of the dust-jacket of Victoria University Press’s imposing…
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Still flying, Harry Ricketts

Glass Wings Fleur Adcock Victoria University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9780864738875 Glass Wings is Fleur Adcock’s 13th collection. For close on 50 years, her poems have been praised for their sharp wit, classical clarity and conversational ease. Those qualities are again…
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Poem — Fleur Adcock

Elegy for Alistair    in mem Alistair Campbell (1925-2009) Now he is dead, who wrote “Now he is dead, who talked of wild places and skies inhabited by the hawk” – thereby captivating readers and composers, envious fellow-poets, multiple admirers…
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Poem — Fleur Adcock

Historian dies in fiery crash (i.m. Michael King, 1945-2004)   And all our competence in words fails us. When the horror’s beyond exaggeration, go back. Try not to imagine it. But not only “historian”: his wife too – and just…
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Poem — Fleur Adcock

Risks When we heard the results of our tests we felt rather smug (if worried); we said to each other loudly in public “Well, that’s it for space‑travel; we mustn’t go up there again. We can’t afford to be bombarded…
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Wielding the jawbone of an ass, Fleur Adcock

I last saw Jim Baxter towards the end of 1962, eating steak and chips for lunch in a restaurant on Lambton Quay. I was about to leave for England, but not so imminently that I felt the need to make…
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Three assured poets, Janet Wilson

Wakeful Nights: Poems Selected and New Fiona Kidman, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 New and Selected Poems Lauris Edmond, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Time Zones Fleur Adcock, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 In their range and assurance these…
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