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John Adams

'You old swaggie', 'All at sixes and sevens', and 'This woman I met' can be found in John Adams’s second book of poetry, Rumpelstiltskin Blues (Steele Roberts, 2017). Hugh Roberts (New Zealand Listener) described John’s first book, Briefcase (AUP, 2011), which won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Poetry Book in the NZ Post Book Awards, as ‘intriguing and accomplished’. John has a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and works as a teacher and a mediator. In 2013, he was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.

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Three poems

You old swaggie (with a nod to R. A. K. Mason)   You’re constantly coming down the metalled road past the bluegums.   There’s that old swaggie, Mum says. She’s looking out   the kitchen window. He comes round every year   looking for odd jobs on the farms. Worn…
John Adams
November 18, 2017