27 January 2008

Victor O'Leary, 1927-2008

It seems that Hone Tuwhare wasn't the only NZ poet to die on 17 January - apparently Victor O'Leary died just half an hour before.

Victor isn't a poet I'd come across, but Earl of Seacliffe Art Workshop republished his collection The Sensual Anchor last year as part of their ESAW mini series. Victor was part of a group of poets that included James K Baxter, Anton Vogt and Louis Johnson. The Sensual Anchor was originally published in Three Poets (1958) by Louis Johnson's Capricorn Press, with Peter Bland and John Boyd and was designed to show the development of young urban writing in the post-war years.

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