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O F A U C K L A N D
p o e m b y R O B E R T
C R E E L E Y
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In mid-1995 American poet Robert Creeley spent three
months in New zealand as a Senior Fullbright Scholar at
the University of Auckland. During that time he wrote
this poem in eight sections, The Dogs of Auckland,
which now becomes the second book he has
published in this country, the first being Hello
(Hawk Press 1976).
Accompanying the poem are eight drawings by New Zealand artist Max Gimblett,
who has been domiciled in New York since 1972. Liking to
maintain his links to his birthplace he continues to
exhibit his work here, and he visits regularly.
Interestingly, the lines in these poems
are longer and more prose-like than in the poet's usual
practice, and the drawings are wonderfully figurative,
although very freely drawn, for this artist who commonly
works in abstract and symbolic forms. The combined
result is one of the liveliest and largest books to be
issued from the Press.
Out of print.
video of Creeley reading, and
49 of Gimblett's drawings are available form the
New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre