C. K. Stead is one of New Zealand's foremost literary figures. A distinguished poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and emeritus professor of English of the University of Auckland, he has been a figure in New Zealand literature since the 1950s and is the only living writer to hold the Order of New Zealand.
The Yellow Buoy is CK Stead's fifteenth collection of poetry, in which the writer journeys in time and space from Croatia and Colombia to Karekare and the Côte d'Azur; Catullus returns to receive plaudits, write to friends and read the world; and various other literary fellows appear in person, dream or conversation — Allen Curnow and Hugh Kawharu, Frank Sargeson and Barry Humphries, Robert Creeley and Katherine Mansfield. Alongside glimpses of fantails and elegies for friends, The Yellow Buoy also includes translated versions of poems by Eugenio Montale, Carlo Vita and Philippe Jaccottet.
The poems in this collection are full of vitality, humour and wisdom and urge the reader to stay alert, to pay attention, to 'the poetic moment / so easily missed, / so quickly lost'.
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