Best New Zealand Poems
is published annually by the International
Institute of Modern Letters, and aims to introduce readers to
leading contemporary New Zealand poets. The poems are chosen to show
the vitality and range of current writing. We have shamelessly modelled
this online project on the successful US paperback anthology, The
Best American Poetry. Each year we publish 25 poems from recent
literary magazines and poetry collections, where possible including
notes about and by the poet, as well as links to related publishing
and literary websites. In this way we hope that readers – especially
international readers – will be able to follow up fresh discoveries.
There are plenty to be made.
The editorship of Best New Zealand Poems changes
annually. This year’s editor is Elizabeth Smither, the third
Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate. Iain Sharp, books editor
of the Sunday Star-Times, edited our inaugural
issue, which has been visited by thousands of readers from New
Zealand and around the world. And we are delighted to announce that
the editor of Best New Zealand Poems 2003 will be ex Landfall
and Islands editor, Robin Dudding.
Best New Zealand Poems is supported by a grant from
Creative New Zealand,
whose assistance we gratefully acknowledge. Creative New Zealand’s
grant goes entirely to contributors and editor.
Many thanks to Ralph Hotere, whose drawing for the
first edition of James K Baxter’s Jerusalem Sonnets
(Bibliography Room, University of Otago, 1970) we have used on our
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