Best New Zealand Poems 2001


Vincent O'Sullivan


VINCENT O’SULLIVAN was born in Auckland in 1937 and now lives in Wellington, where he teaches English at Victoria University. No New Zealand writer has been more versatile. As well as his poetry, he has produced acclaimed novels, plays, short stories and literary criticism. With Margaret Scott, he has edited five volumes of Katherine Mansfield’s letters. He is currently working on a biography of New Zealand novelist John Mulgan. A Selected Poems will be published later this year by Leviathan, London.

“Both the teachers mentioned in the poem,” he says, “were people I owed much to, decades ago, at two Auckland schools.



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