James K. Baxter Poems

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.


by James K. Baxter

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

Summer 1967

by James K. Baxter

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. 

The Bay

by James K. Baxter

‘The Bay’ by James K. Baxter is a poem that laments the loss of the natural beauty of the bay