The Red Tram
C. K. Stead
The Red Tram is a collection by one of New Zealand’s best known writers, C. K. Stead. It includes some Auckland poems, some moving memories of childhood, poems about horses and cows, even one about his own legs. There are his usual satirical poems taking weapons from the writers of the past and skewering the politicians of the present. He continues to reflect on Allen Curnow, as well as on Janet Frame, Denis Glover and a range of overseas writers. All these poems are have energy, speed, humour and force and offer pleasure and delight to the reader.
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The classical poems here are terrific, taut and sardonic. – Mark Houlahan, Dominion Post