Whim Wham, thank you man

CurnowSome people get into poetry at university, all berets, booze and broodiness. I discovered it through Whim Wham in The Press. The Saturday poems were bitingly funny, took the mickey out of people, and had all sorts of things in them I didn’t understand.

Whim Wham was a pen-name for noted poet, academic and former sub-editor Allen Curnow. Today would have been his 100th birthday. So for all those laughs and grins and questions, and for all the ‘little of the little I know of myself and the world’, thanks man.

4 thoughts on “Whim Wham, thank you man

  1. alimison 17 June 2011 / 8:42 pm

    I love some of his “serious” stuff too. “Wild Iron” is an amazing poem. But yeah, Whim Wham was fantastic. I only discovered Whim Wham through the book of selections from it, edited by Terry Sturm.

  2. J Bri 30 June 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Did Curnow write a poem called the Silent Majority? I heard it on radio NZ and am desperate to have a copy, I have hunted through the Tauranga library without luck and wondered if you would have more?
    Please can you email me it if you have a copy, I fell in love with it when I heard it and are now stranded.

    Thank you
    J Bruning

    • richard 30 June 2011 / 1:28 pm

      Hi there – I’m not sure. You can phone us on 941-7923 if you like.
      Donna mentioned the Radio NZ link above – you may be able to contact them to find out which poems were read? You could also search the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, which has several Curnow works online.

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