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Published 1982 by Mallinson Rendel, Wellington

ISBN: 0-908606-14-1

Softcover (pale yellow pictorial card); 72pp

Louis Johnson was a prolific writer, and a frequent reviewer and broadcaster. He established the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook, edited the quarterly Numbers, ran Capricorn Press and later started his own press, Antipodes. As editor and publisher, his policy was always to encourage unknown writers as well as including established poets. He was the second Victoria University writing fellow and president of PEN. He died in 1988 having just completed a Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship at Menton. The Louis Johnson New Writers Award today continues his encouragement of developing talent.
Johnson had many volumes of verse published over a period of 45 years. His first work appeared in 1945 and his posthumous last poems in 1990. His constant themes include suburbia, domestic life, childhood, love (with its attendant lust) and the folly of the contemporary world. His early poems, while energetic, had a tendency to vagueness and a lack of centrality, but his later much more controlled poems have been considerably underestimated.
In his youth, Johnson was at the centre of the ‘Wellington group’—so-called because the group defined itself in reaction to their perception of Auckland-based Allen Curnow. Accordingly its interests were claimed to be what his were not—less concern about physical landscape and the New Zealand identity, more about universal issues which transcend borders.

Second-hand book in overall VG condition. Cover browned at top edge and light foxing to page edges. Spine lightly browned. Clean internally with exception of bookshop stamp on half-title page

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