Friday, November 16, 2007

O'Connor, John

John O'Connor


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Home River
2. At Port Levy
3. Basically — an Early Spring
4. A Left Hook
5. The Rotary Washer
6. Pillars
7. Pensioner
8. Tom’s Wake at the Royal
9. Brother
10. The Versailles Road, Louveciennes
11. Something to Say
12. The Balloon
13. Utensils
14. The Pushcart
15. On Being Asked by the Peace Foundation …

Bio / Bibliography:

John O’Connor’s 6th and 7th books of poetry — Working Voices (with Eric Mould) & Home River — were published in 2003 by Hallard Press, Auckland and Post Pressed, Queensland. Bright the Harvest Moon (imitations of Japanese haiku and renga) was published by HeadworX, Wellington, in 2004.

John is a past winner of the New Zealand Poetry Society’s International Prize, founding editor of the poetry journal plainwraps and has edited various issues of Takahe, Spin, and the NZPS annual anthology. With David Gregory he founded Poets Group and also Sudden Valley Press of which he is managing editor. John’s haiku have been internationally anthologised on a number of occasions, translated into 6 languages and were recently chosen as “best of issue” in Frogpond International, a special issue of the leading US haiku periodical, Frogpond, featuring haiku from 26 countries. His criticism and non-haiku poetry have been widely published in New Zealand and overseas, and his work has been anthologised by Lauris Edmond and Bill Sewell in Essential New Zealand Poems. His last book, A Particular Context, was chosen by members of the Poetry Society as one of the 5 best books of New Zealand poetry of the 1990s.

He lives in Christchurch with his wife, Sandra.

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