From: Bridget Schaumann
Subject: Re: New Zealand War Poetry
A quick query from one of my students.
We are on the hunt for poetry from the wars, must be New Zealand poetry, any war that New Zealand has been involved in. We want poems that are grunty and have punch, they are for use in a Speech Competition at the weekend. Any suggestions gratefully received.Cheers and thanks in advance
King's High Dunedin
From: Fran McGowan
NZHistory.net.nz has online examples of New Zealand poems from the Boer War at http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/new-zealand-in-the-south-african-boer-war/poems.
One of New Zealand’s leading poets, Vincent O’Sullivan wrote a piece for the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior unveiling ceremony held in 2004. You can read (and listen) to this piece on http://www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz/tomb-sounds.html#homecoming
Other New Zealand poets include Alistair Te Ariki Campbell’s 1999 publication, Gallipoli and other poems and Jock McKenzie’s The Menin Road, which was also published in 1999.
Regards Fran McGowan
Research and Library AdviserMinistry for Culture and Heritage
From: Sanya Baker
Subject: RE: New Zealand War Poetry help please
Can I also suggest Maori Battalion: a poetic sequence by Alister Te Ariki Campbell, James K Baxter’s Returned Soldier and Elegy for an Unknown Soldier (both in the anthology Selected Poems : James K. Baxter selected and edited by J. E. Weir) and, apparently there are some poems by kiwi soldiers in the anthology: The Happy Warrior: an anthology of Australian and New Zealand military poetry selected and compiled by Paul Barrett and Kerry B. Collison.
Librarian Auckland Grammar School