Selected Poems

Kendrick Smithyman. Edited by Peter Simpson

‘Many Kendrick Smithymans inhabit this important collection . . . . Through them all, one fact remains constant: a subtle and ingenious poetic intelligence.’
– Peter Simpson, New Zealand Listener


Described as the 'sly old fox of New Zealand verse', Kendrick Smithyman is a major New Zealand poet. In Selected Poems passionate commitment to the craft of language and to a sense of place stamp the 100 poems selected by Peter Simpson. Thick with wry wit, unexpected imagery and astonishing fluency, Selected Poems demonstrates Kendrick Smithyman's skill and achievement.


Kendrick Smithyman was a distinguished poet who published a dozen collections, won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry and also wrote a study of New Zealand poetry. Erudite, witty, prolific and dedicated, he taught for many years at the University of Auckland. He died in 1995.


March 1990, 210 x 135 mm, 168 pages
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