Poetry News

Celebrating James K Baxter's Life

By Harriet Staff

From the Wanganui Chronicle comes this article detailing plans to celebrate the life of poet James K Baxter, one of New Zealand's most accomplished poets.

From the article:

The 40th anniversary of James K Baxter's death on October 22 is set to be observed throughout Labour Day Weekend in an inaugural celebration of the poet's life and works organised by the Whanganui Literary Festival Trust.

And while the trust's chairwoman, Joan Rosier-Jones, says it is still in the process of being organised, the event will definitely involve a bus trip to Jerusalem, mirroring the one-day pilgrimage 43 Baxter enthusiasts made to the Whanganui River Rd settlement during the Whanganui Literary Festival last year.

"We will ask permission to see his grave and then sit in the church there and share Baxter stories," she explains.

That will take place on Sunday, October 21.

On Saturday, meanwhile, the trust is planning a seminar, with readings of Baxter's poetry and music.

And given 2012 marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and New Zealand, Ms Rosier-Jones said it was hoped some of those poems would be translated and read in Japanese.

More after the jump.

Originally Published: July 2nd, 2012