Fleur Adcock Poems

Fleur Adcock was a New Zealand poet who also worked as an editor. She has work included in several poetry anthologies. She was also awarded an OBE in 1996 for her contribution to New Zealand literature. Her work was concerned with everyday themes of place, relationships, and common activities readers would be familiar with. Read more about Fleur Adcock.

For Heidi With Blue Hair

by Fleur Adcock

‘For Heidi With Blue Hair’ is a six-stanza poem that uses action and dialogue to paint a literary picture where little to no physical setting is provided.

When you dyed your hair blue

(or, at least ultramarine

for the clipped sides, with a crest

of jet-black spikes on top)

you were sent home from school

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