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Sam Hunt

1946-Present

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Tall buildings no bigger than blocks on the floor,
Wellington afloat on the harbour haze ...
You think of how most men spend their days
In offices as cramped as elevators –
From 'Letter to Jerusalem 2' in Collected Poems 1963 - 1980, Penguin Books, 1980

Sam Hunt

Poetry read aloud and recited from memory formed a significant part of Sam Hunt's upbringing, and after training and briefly working as a teacher he dedicated himself to the life of a bard.

He developed a unique performing style, delivering his emotionally engaging and strongly cadenced verse in pubs, theatres, prisons, schools – wherever he could command an audience.

Hunt has become New Zealand's best-known and certainly best-selling poet. He has also been a major influence in extending poetry's reach and appeal to a contemporary audience.

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