Though Baxter was the figure that held the community together, he left frequently, and was not at Jerusalem when he died, but was buried there. Baxter: A Portrait by W. The form Baxter has used for some of his latter poems, The Jerusalem Sonnets and He Waiata mo Te Kare being two of them, has been to write the poem in parts. Certainly the poems Millar has rescued in the second part of the New Selected Poems are well worth rescuing and making readily available. Baxter died of a coronary thrombosis in Auckland on October 22, 1972. Of course it depends a bit on what you expect a 'Selected Poems' to be for. The first thing that struck me when I read the poems was how different his early work was compared to the later years.
Detractors of his work always surprise to me, as there are few poets in the English language who have as much command of vocabulary, classical allusion, imagery, sly allegory, and a general musical approach to the sound of words. The largeness and inclusiveness of vision that goes with the looser form in Baxter's writing is certainly something to welcome back into New Zealand poetry, with recent poetry collections such as Roberts Sullivan's Star Waka and Ian Wedde's Commonplace Odes offering large and inclusive visions in their own grand and astonishing ways. The Maoris owned most of the land and buildings and allowed the community to use them rent-free. His early years Baxter lived at Kuri Bush, south of Brighton. During this period he became interested in Jungian psychology. Description: 1 online resource 320 pages : illustrations, portraits.
A year later, he began to create a commune at Jerusalem, a former mission station. Baxter died in Auckland in 1972 and was buried at Jerusalem in a funeral incorporating Catholic and Maori rites. At school he was isolated and bullied, and consequetly, developed a profound hostility toward herd mentality. The inclusion, as a second part to the book, of a large body of previously uncollected or unpublished poetry fits with Millar's sense of the New Selected Poems as a supplementary text, a text that fits in as an addition to the Baxter collections already available. His second book, Blow, Wind of Fruitfulness, came out two years later. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1954, and was greatly influenced by its principles; he was also increasingly drawn to Roman Catholicism, and in 1958 was received into the Church. Baxter studied in 1944 at Otango University, Dunedin.
Selected Poems of James K Baxter, is a generous and authoritative selection of Baxter's verse for general readers and students by New Zealand's leading Baxter scholar. Millar suggests that the book be considered 'a companion to the much larger Collected Poems edited by J E Weir. He was baptised as an Anglican, and in 1948 married Jacqueline Sturm and published a further collection of poetry, Blow, Wind of Fruitfulness, which confirmed his reputation as the pre-eminent poet of his generation. To Any Young Man who Hears my Verses Read in a Lecture RoomAn Ode to the Reigning Monarch on the Occasion of Her Majesty's Visit to Pig Island; The Axe-Blade; Shingle Beach Poem; East Coast Journey; Pig Island Letters; The Waves; Letter to Robert Burns; Tomcat; from The Holy Life and Death of Concrete Grady; Thoughts of a Remuera Housewife; To a Print of Queen Victoria; Ballad of Nine Jobs; A Bucket of Blood for a Dollar; The Old Earth Closet; The Lion Skin; On Possessing the Burns Fellowship 1966; At Aramoana; The Maori Jesus; Daughter; from Words to Lay a Strong Ghost. Click on the logo above for information. Among his friends were the poet Louis Johnson with whom he published Poems Unpleasant 1952. I would say it could be classed as part of his own style.
James Keir Baxter was a poet, and is a celebrated figure in New Zealand society. Millar has a history of rescuing less readily accessible Baxter poems. He liked to use double-spacing between his stanzas — even if they were only two lines - and to indent parts of lines but for the most part he seemed to prefer the square, sonnet-like shape, particularly with his later work. He published his third major collection, The Fallen House in 1953, and began to study at Victoria University in Wellington in the same year. Millicent Baxter, James's mother, was the daughter of the eminent Canterbury College professor J. Baxter by Stephen Oliver 1980 ; James K.
While it seems to me that the inclusion of these poems in a 'Selected Poems' rather muddies the point of 'Selected Poems' perhaps that isn't, in the end, very important. In Jerusalem Sonnets 1970 and Jerusalem Daybook 1971 he gave an account of his hard work in the community, material deprivation, and problems with the local farmers. In the mid-1940s Baxter worked in odd jobs. In his later work Baxter examined with ascetic style his religious conviction. Some of them are in fact well known already, such as 'The Maori Jesus' which David Eggleton, in his striking reading of it, has made so curiously his own. It is the excess of Baxter's poetry that has appealed to me.
Baxter began writing poetry at the age of seven. Baxter tend to be extreme. The script was filmed in 1979. The first community, where Baxter had spent some time, was No. I noted that he used them more on story-telling poems, especially where he is recalling conversations. In his critical study Lives of the Poets, Michael Schmidt defines Baxter's 'Jacobean consonantal rhetoric'. The gap as a symbol that Millar traces through Baxter's poetry in all its shifting guises, he sees as originating in the tension between the different 'selves' Baxter created, inhabited, oscillated between.
Emily Dickinson did not always hit the mark either. Baxter Author: James K Baxter; Paul Millar; Athena Sommerfeld Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Auckland University Press, 2010. Kuusankosken kaupunginkirjasto 2008 Authors' Calendar jonka tekijä on Petri Liukkonen on lisensoitu. He co-wrote the Baxter documentary The Road to Jerusalem, has been the Baxter consultant on two television documentaries and, with Geoffrey Miles, is currently completing a book on Baxter and myth. Baxter as Critic, 1978 a selection from his literary criticism, by Frank McKay.
McKay 1990 ; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century , Vol. Selected Poems of James K Baxter, is a generous and authoritative selection of Baxter's verse for general readers and students by New Zealand's leading Baxter scholar. The place provided temporary refuge for refuge for hippies, alcoholics, young drug addicts, and society's rejects. Selected Poems of James K. Detractors of his work always surprise to me, as there are few poets in the English language who have as much command of vocabulary, classical allusion, imagery, sly allegory, and a general musical approach to the sound of words.