Early Days Yet: New and Collected Poems 1941–1997
Early Days Yet is a major publication in which the greatest of all New Zealand poets presents twelve previously uncollected poems that are strong, rich and brilliant. These poems lead off into the past and introduce readers to the poems published since 1970, in addition to a selection from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Vivid childhood memories predominate in the new poems but sharp contemporaryy concerns, satiric or tragic, are always present. Early Days Yet is an astounding and awe-inspiring volume with depths that no reader can readily exhaust or fully grasp. The poems collected in Early Days Yet won the New Zealand Book Award multiple times as well as the Dillons Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
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He has been a major voice at every stage of his career . . . writing poetry which strikes me . . . as unsurpassed by the work of any other poet at present writing in English. – C. K. Stead, London Review of Books