BOB ORR was born in Hamilton
in 1949 and now lives in Auckland. For many years he worked for the
Auckland Harbour Board. His collections include Blue Footpaths
(1971), Poems for Moira (1979), Cargo (1983), Red
Trees (1985), Breeze (1991). He has never shown much inclination
to involve himself in literary journalism or to write anything
other than poems.
Iain Sharp comments: Bob
doesnt like to use words foolishly. Apart from the famously
silent New Zealand painter Ralph Hotere, I dont know of anyone
less interested in small talk. Yet many people regard Bob with great
affection, even though he doesnt say that much and years might
go by without their seeing him. I think this sparkling poem
full of warm fellow-feeling for a man he has never met and possibly
wont ever get round to greeting explains why.