Best New Zealand Poems 2002
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BOB ORR was born in Hamilton in 1949 and now lives in Auckland. For many years he worked for the Auckland Harbour Board. His collections include Blue Footpaths (1971), Poems for Moira (1979), Cargo (1983), Red Trees (1985), Breeze (1991), Valparaiso (2002). He has never shown much inclination to involve himself in literary journalism – or to write anything other than poems.

Orr comments: ‘“Eternity” is a poem from a section in my last book Valparaiso that deals with my childhood, or my recollection of it, on a Waikato farm during the 1950s and early 1960s. However in spite of its physical detail which could probably be verified by anyone driving that way (Huntly, not Eternity!) to me it works more on an imaginative level than a strictly autobiographical one.’



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