The Bells of St Babel’s: Poems 1997–2001

Allen Curnow

‘The blaze of Curnow’s late sun is blinding, too, and the light it sheds is often harsh; but between the unsaid and the unsayable he tells us as much truth as we are likely to understand.’ – Hugh Roberts, NZ Listener


Remarkable for the astonishing mastery of technique, voice and tone, the poems in The Bells of St Babel’s display Allen Curnow’s wonderful ear for the vernacular and his unerring sense of the absurdity of modish attitudes.



Allen Curnow (1911–2001) was New Zealand’s leading poet and literary critic.


Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Poetry Category 2001.


December 2001, 220 x 160 mm, 54 pages, New Zealand & Australia only
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402426, $19.95