James K. Baxter

James K. Baxter was an important New Zealand poet. He is also remembered for his work as an activist. He wrote many poems and plays throughout his life. His first collection was published when he was seventeen years old. Much of his poetry was inspired by European mythology. Read more of James J. Baxter’s Biography.

Elegy For My Father’s Father

‘Elegy For My Father’s Father’ was written by James K. Baxter. The poem has only a single stanza with 38 lines, which develop a set of responses to death.


‘Farmhand’ by James K. Baxter describes the lack of confidence a farmhand has regarding his appearance and relationship prospects. 

Summer 1967

In this memorable poem by James K. Baxter, readers will explore a speaker’s memories of a particular summer and a relationship he experienced then. 

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