James K. Baxter, ed. John Weir

 James K. Baxter and John Weir, 1967; photographer John Hogan S.M.

James K. Baxter (1926–1972) was a poet, postman, teacher, dramatist, writer and social critic. He is known as one of New Zealand's finest poets and most controversial figures.

 

John Weir (1935–2023) was born in Nelson. He was ordained a priest in 1961 – the year in which he and Baxter became close friends and began an extensive correspondence, which lasted until Baxter’s death. He published poetry, bibliographies and critical monographs, and edited several collections of Baxter’s writings, including his Collected Poems, Complete Prose, James K. Baxter: Letters of a Poet, the Complete Poems and, in 2023, James K. Baxter: The Selected Poems.

James K. Baxter, ed. John Weir