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Uncollected Poems (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mason, R. A. K.
Edited by Hickin, Roger
Introduction by McLean, Robert

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A selection of previously uncollected poems by New Zealand's `first wholly original, unmistakably gifted poet', many published for the first time.

ISBN 9780473487355
Published 15 September 2019 by Cold Hub Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780473487355
ISBN-10 0473487357
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Cold Hub Press
Imprint Cold Hub Press
Publication Date 15 September 2019
International Publication Date 16 September 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Mason, R. A. K.
Edited by Hickin, Roger
Introduction by McLean, Robert
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 168
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 278g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.2
Catalogue Code 1007471

Description of this Book

Allen Curnow called R. A. K. Mason (1905-71) New Zealand's `first wholly original, unmistakably gifted poet'. His Collected Poems, first published in 1962, was a rigorous selection made before Mason's `late flowering' of 1962-65. Some of the excluded poems and some of the late poems have since seen the light of day in two biographies, but many are published here for the first time, drawn mostly from the papers of the Mason archive at the Hocken Collections, University of Otago, in Dunedin. Reviewing No New Thing in Folios of New Writing in 1941 William Plomer described Mason's poems as `gloomy, sexy and sardonic'. Curnow in the Christchurch Press spoke of their `keen wit, salted by suffering'. To Roderick Finlayson (Landfall 99) they were `like those Spanish songs whose strong harsh cries are disconcerting to some ears, but which pierce a receptive heart with sharp compassion'. Mason's humanity and integrity were also expressed in pro-labour and pacifist `propaganda poems' which featured in the New Zealand Communist Party newspaper, the People's Voice, and three of these from 1939 are included in this selection, along with the verse script for the 1943 dance-drama `China'. `As all good writing has to, his writing came from his life. Each poem belonged to the life, like dark threads pulled away from the frayed sleeve of an old coat. I call that quality authenticity.' --James K. Baxter, Landfall 99

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Author's Bio

Ronald Allison Kells Mason, born in Auckland in 1905, published his first book, 'The Beggar' in 1924. His grim, sardonic lyrics of the 1920s & early 30s were succeeded in the late 1930s and 40s by left-wing and pacifist propagandist work. His 'Collected Poems' was published in 1962, the year he held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago, Dunedin. He died in Takapuna, Auckland, on 13 July 1971. His verse play `Strait is the Gate', written while he held the Burns Fellowship, had its first stage production at the Globe Theatre, Dunedin in 1978.

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