Petone Beach & other poems

John Davidson


In his sixth collection, John Davidson writes warm, wise poems about encounters with people and situations, both real and imaginary, over many decades, and reflects on some of the issues that life confronts us with.

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“Part-poetic journal of everyday encounters, part-imaginary memoir, John Davidson’s sixth collection is anchored in the past, the present and the landscape. We travel around the globe — Sydney, Berlin and Cologne, for instance. We are also immersed in spots closer to home like Caroline Bay and Lower Hutt.

Impressionistic, imagistic and philosophical immersions flourish wherever Davidson transports us. Tightly framed, sharply musical, the poems often feel akin to paintings, particularly in their ability to have greatest impact after careful study and reflection. Beautiful.” — Siobhan Harvey, NZ Herald.

About the author

JOHN DAVIDSON lives in Wellington, having retired as Professor of Classics at Victoria University of Wellington.

John has published extensively on ancient Greek literature and mythology. He is co-author of The Snake-Haired Muse: James K. Baxter and Classical Myth (2011). Petone Beach & other poems follows Presence in Absence, Snapshots of Berlin, Soundings of Hellas, Visions of Valhalla and Perspectives of Pilgrimage.

Additional information

Dimensions 148 × 210 mm