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Early Days Yet: New and Collected Poems

Allen Curnow

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ISBN: 978 1 857542 97 4
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 1997
216 x 135 mm
272 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind
    my house, and the moon does neither of these things,
    I am talking about myself. . . .
    . . .A long moment stretches, the next one is not
    on time. Not unaccountably the chill of
    the planking underfoot rises
    in the throat, for its part the night sky empties
    the whole of its contents down. Turn on a bare
    heel, close the door behind
    on the author, cringing demiurge, who picks up
    his litter and his tools and paces me back
    to bed, stealthily in step.


    from `Continuum'

            
    New Zealand poet Allen Curnow, described by Peter Porter as
    `this modern master', collects here for the first time the poems he has written since 1989, together with the greater part of the poetry of the half century preceding.
    `He has been a major voice at every stage of his career . . . knowing what he is about, moving at his own pace, inventive, unpredictable, writing poetry which strikes me, as it has done serially over the years, as unsurpassed by the work of any other poet at present writing in
    English
    ,' C.K. Stead wrote in the London Review of Books.
    ALLEN CURNOW was born in Timaru in 1911. Educated at Canterbury and Auckland universities,after a period of study for the Anglican ministry he turned to journalism. In 1951 hejoined the English Department at the University of Auckland, where he taught until 1976.He has published poetry, plays and criticism and edited two ... read more
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