Poems to a Glass Woman
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‘Thought these might interest you. I wrote them 17
to 18, at Varsity. They are uneven poems; but I think they express the self-consciousness, the touch of hysteria, yet the very real desolation of adolescent love – so easy
for people to sneeze at, yet leaving permanent changes
in the structure of the heart & mind.’
These poems were written in 1944–1945, and gathered into a sequence in about 1957, but never published. They record the immediate impact of James K. Baxter’s first serious love affair. It was a relationship that affected him profoundly, and to which he returned time and time again in his later work.
Poems to a Glass Woman is published for the fortieth anniversary of the death of James K. Baxter, 22 October 2012. It includes a substantial biographical essay by the editor, John Weir. A close friend and confidant of James K. Baxter, John Weir is the editor of the major editions of the poet’s works, including Collected Poems, published by Oxford University Press in 1979, and Complete Prose, to be published in four volumes by Victoria University Press in 2013.