Kōrero: Poetry

Ian Wedde, 1990

Ian Wedde, shown here in 1990, was the most original of the young post-war 'baby boomers' who emerged onto the New Zealand poetry scene in the early 1970s. His poetry was influenced by experimental American work, and his poems tended to emerge out of highly personal situations – for example an early set of sonnets were reflections on the first year of his first son's life. Wedde has also been a successful novelist, and has written about and curated New Zealand art. Listen to him reading 'To death', a poem from his 2001 collection, The commonplace odes.

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Robert Cross Photography
Photograph by Robert Cross

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Sound file from Best New Zealand Poems (International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington); courtesy of Auckland University Press (Ian Wedde, The commonplace odes. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2001)

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

John Newton, 'Poetry - The 1970s and the ‘Freed’ generation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/speech/43084/ian-wedde-1990 (accessed 10 April 2020)

He kōrero nā John Newton, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014