Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by the International
Institute of Modern Letters, and aims to introduce readers –
especially internationally – to leading contemporary New Zealand
poets. The poems are chosen to show the vitality and range of current
writing. We have shamelessly modelled this online project on the successful
US paperback anthology, The Best American Poetry. Each year
we publish 25 poems from recent literary magazines and poetry collections,
where possible including notes about and by the poet, as well as links
to related publishing and literary websites. In this way we hope that
readers will be able to follow up fresh discoveries. There are plenty
to be made.
We are delighted that well over 50% of visitors to Best New Zealand
Poems come from outside New Zealand.
The editorship of Best New Zealand Poems changes annually.
This year’s editor is Paris-based poet Andrew Johnston. Earlier
editors were poet and novelist Emma Neale (2004) ex-Islands editor Robin
Dudding (2003), Elizabeth Smither (2002) and Iain Sharp (2001). The
2006 issue will be jointly edited by Anne Kennedy and Robert Sullivan.
Best New Zealand Poems is supported by a grant from Creative
New Zealand, whose assistance we gratefully acknowledge. Creative
New Zealand’s grant goes entirely to contributors and editor.
Many thanks to Ralph Hotere, whose drawing for the first edition of
James K Baxter’s Jerusalem Sonnets (Bibliography Room, University
of Otago, 1970) we have used on our opening page.
International Institute of Modern Letters