Story: Poetry

Elizabeth Smither (2nd of 4)

This portrait by her then husband Michael Smither dates from 1972, when Elizabeth Smither was in her early 30s. This was three years before her first book of poems, Here come the clouds, which established her distinctive style – short, tight, witty poems. Elizabeth Smither has also published several impressive novels. Listen to her reading a poem from 2006, 'Two security guards talking about Jupiter'.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: Acc. No: 4229079/49
Artwork by Michael Smither

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Sound courtesy of Best New Zealand Poems (International Institute of Modern Letters); poem courtesy of Auckland University Press (Elizabeth Smither, The year of adverbs. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2007): painting courtesy of Michael Smither

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How to cite this page:

John Newton, 'Poetry - The 1970s and the ‘Freed’ generation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/43087/elizabeth-smither (accessed 12 July 2020)

Story by John Newton, published 22 Oct 2014