When I heard in 2008 that Hone Tuwhare had died, I felt saddened. I thought about how the country had lost one of its special artists and wordsmiths and from now on, there would be no new poems conjured from his wonderful mind. Fortunately the library collection has many of his books, along with a biography by Janet Hunt and a CD of this poems, Tuwhare, put to music and performed by leading New Zealand artists.
I first came across one of his poems in Essential New Zealand Poems, a book, by the way, that is a excellent collection of some our finest poets’ works.
I went on to explore more of his works, he published over 20 collections in book form and was a fascinating person to hear being interviewed or reading his work. Insightful, irreverent and accessible, his poems are a celebration of life, and he particularly loved writing about food, sex, music and nature. His political poems are pithy and relevant yet from the common man’s point of view.
From his collection “Oooooo……!!!”
On life’s eternal river we float on… and on, forever – like a stream of light enhancing our understanding of human love and life! Kia Ora!
Who is your favourite New Zealand poet?