Author(s): R.A.K. Mason (edited by Roger Hickin)
Allen Curnow called R. A. K. Mason (190571) New Zealand's 'first wholly original, unmistakably gifted poet'. His Collected Poems, first published in 1962, was arigorous selection made before Mason's 'late flowering' of 196265. Some of the excluded poems and some of the late poems have since seen the light of day in twobiographies, but many are published here for the first time, drawn mostly from the papers of the Mason archive at the Hocken Collections, University of Otago, in Dunedin.