T O M A R A T A
b y K E N D R I C K S M I T H Y M A N
w i t h a n A f t e r
w o r d b y P e t e r S i m p s o n . 1 9 9 6
Planned while the poet Kendrick Smithyman was still
alive and with his cooperation, this book became, sadly,
a memorial publication with the poet's death on 26
December 1995 at the age of 73. Smithyman was one of New
Zealand's most prolific and accomplished poets,
publishing more than a dozen volumes and more than 700
individual poems in a long career. Tomarata is
published here exactly fifty years after his first book,
Seven Sonnets, was printed by Bob Lowry at The
Pelorus Press in 1946.
long been recognised as one of Smithyman's finest and
most exemplary poems; it was written in 1970, at the
mid-point of his career, and was first published in
The Seal in the Dolphin Pool, 1974. In this edition
the poem is accompanied by facsimile reproductions of
specimen pages of the poet's original typescript,
including hand-written emendations, and by an Afterword
by Peter Simpson which comments on the process of
composition which the poet's typescripts reveal.
This edition is of 125 numbered copies, designed,
printed on a Littlejohn cylinder proof press, and bound
by Alan Loney. The 12pt Electra Linotype was set by John
Denny at Puriri Press, and the display types handset by
the printer. Illustrations use photopolymer plates
supplied by RPM Ltd.
25 copies are on
Barcham Green India Office handmade paper damped for
printing and quarter bound in cloth with Canson Mi-Teintes
paper-covered boards. Format: 290x190mm,  pages.
Out of print.
100 copies are
printed dry on Mohawk Superfine and limp bound in Canson
Mi-Teintes papers. Format: 290x165mm,  pages.