In his new collection, renowned writer and poet Harry Ricketts finds room for three songs written in Hong Kong in 1975 and a 1979 poem about a war poet. Other poems remember departed friends and early experiences and celebrate the abiding pleasures of reading, writing, and cricket. With titles for the poems as diverse as "Quarantine Island," "Flanneled fools," and "You can learn stuff from detective novels," Ricketts upholds his reputation for skill using dramatic and satiric tones, exploiting rhyme and other traditional devices, and making wry commentaries. Formally adroit, "Just Then" is by turns tender, funny, and often surprising.
- Paperback | 63 pages
- 139.7 x 205.74 x 10.16mm | 68.04g
- 01 Dec 2013
- Victoria University Press
- Wellington, New Zealand
About Harry Ricketts
Harry Ricketts is a literary scholar, a reviewer, and a poet. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including "99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry," "The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing," "How to Catch a Cricket Match," "People Like Us: Sketches of Hong Kong," "Rudyard Kipling: A Life," "Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War," and "Your Secret Life." He is also a professor of English literature and creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington.