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Michael Harlow

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Michael Harlow nzepc Bibliography  



Poems. Agora Press, 1965

Edges. Athens: Lycabettus Press, 1974

Nothing but Switzerland and Lemonade. Eastbourne: Hawk Press, 1980
David Hill. New Outlook 1.1 (Autumn 1982): 22.
Frank Mackay. Listener (10 Oct 1981).
Warwick Slinn. Landfall 140 (Dec 1981): 495-502.

Today is the Piano’s Birthday. Auckland: Auckland/Oxford UP, 1981
Fleur Adcock. Listener (3 Apr 1982).
John Needham. Landfall 143 (Sep 1982): 347-52.
Winston Rhodes. NZ Monthly Review (Sep 1982).

Vlaminck’s Tie. Auckland: Auckland/Oxford UP, 1985
Leigh Davis. Listener (6 Jul 1985).
Murray Edmond. Landfall 157 (Mar 1986): 31-44.

Take a Risk, Trust Your Language, Make a Poem. Ed. Christodoulos E.G. Moisa. Christchurch Teachers College Press, 1985

Giotto’s Elephant. Dunedin: John McIndoe, 1991
Guy Allan. NZ Herald (14 Dec 1991): 28.
William Direen. Dominion Sunday Times (24 Nov 1991): 22.
Heather Murray. Otago Daily Times (14 Dec 1991): 25.  
Harry Ricketts. Dominion (16 Nov 1991): 15.  
Peter Simpson. Press (7 Dec 1991): Sup 10.
Peter Whiteford. Evening Post (7 Feb 1992): 5.

Cassandra’s Daughter. Auckland: Auckland UP, 2005


Edited by Michael Harlow
Frontiers. Christchurch 1968-69. Journal.

Omphalos. Athens 1970-73. Journal.

Events, Greece 1967-1974. Athens: Anglo-Hellenic Publishing, 1975. Anthology.

Landfall (Associate and Poetry Editor) Christchurch 1976-84. Journal.

Caxton Press Poetry Series. Books by Tony Beyer, Murray Edmond, Bernadette Hall, Rob Jackaman, Hugh Lauder, Michele Leggott, Gregory O’Brien, 1985-90.

Say It With Words. Christchurch: Caxton Educational Press, 1991.


Texts / libretti with composer Kit Powell

Stone Poem (1976). Commissioned for Sonic Circus, Christchurch, NZ.

Devotion to the Small (1980/81). Theatersaal Rigiblick, Zürich. Text: Wai-te-ata Press, 1988.

Texts for Composition (1981). Aula der Kantonschule Bülach, Suisse; Christchurch, NZ. Printed text with graphic scores (Kit Powell) in Vlaminck's Tie (1985).

Poem then, for love (1983/88). Christchurch, NZ; Winterthur, Suisse.

Nothing but Switzerland and Lemonade (1983). Winterthur and Bülach, Suisse.

Vlaminck's Tie (1985/92/94). Bülach; Zürich, Suisse.

Nelson Songs in Laufen, Germany and Kunsthaus, Zurich. Konzertreihe mit Computer-Musik, 1986.

The Stations of the Clock (1986) / Ein Musiktheaterstück für drei Spieler mit zwölf Klangkörpern (Klangkörper und Masken Konnen von Martin Spühler), Zürich, Suisse.

Les Épisodes, Conversation with Questions. Commissioned by the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Wellington, 1987.

The Green Man (1989). Eglisau, Suisse.

Father's Telescope (1989/90). Theatersaal Rigiblick, Zürich; Christchurch, NZ (recorded by Radio NZ, Nelson Wattie (singer), Barry Empson (speaker).

After Babel (1995). Commissioned for performance at the Kykart II Festival, St Petersburg, Russia.

In Memoriam William Cumming (2005). Eglisau, Suisse.


By Michael Harlow

The Book of Quiet. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England: Skelton’s Press / Martin Booth, 1974. Broadsheet poem.

Interview with Stephen Higginson. Pilgrims 1 (1976).

Rev. of Pathway to the Sea by Ian Wedde. Landfall 119 (Sep 1976): 231-32.

‘Stone Poem.’ Landfall 120 (Dec 1976): 286. Describes a composition for two antiphonal wind quintets plus two speakers with stones, a work commissioned by APRA for the Ilam Wind Ensemble to perform at Sonic Circus 4.

Statement in ‘ A survey: Introduction/provocation, the questions.’ Comp. Rob Jackaman. Landfall 122 (Jun 1977): 99-137.

Rev. of Private Gardens: An Anthology of New Zealand Women Poets, ed. Riemke Ensing. Landfall 124 (Dec 1977): 378-80.

Frontiers 5 / The Identikit. Christchurch: Frontiers Press, 1978. Broadsheet poem.

Rev. of The Third Person by Lauris Edmond. Landfall 128 (Dec 1978): 375-78.

'The Art of Odysseus Elytis.' Commissioned by Radio NZ, on the Greek poet awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in l979. Broadcast Aug 1980.

Rev. of Walking Westward by C K Stead. Landfall 133 (Mar 1980): 73-81.

Craft interview with Rachel McAlpine. Landfall 145 (Mar 1983): 73-87.

Craft interview with C K Stead. Landfall 148 (Dec 1983): 448-67.

Interview with Hugh Lauder. Landfall 152 (Dec 1984): 441-52.

Rev. of Real Illusions by Russell Haley. Landfall 154 (Jun 1985): 224-31.

Conversation with Harry Ricketts. Talking About Ourselves: Twelve New Zealand Poets. Ed. Harry Ricketts. Wellington: Mallinson Rendell, 1986.

'Interior Decorating.’ In The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories. Ed. Russell Haley and Susan Davis. Auckland: Penguin, 1989.

‘Woollaston Letters.’ Landfall (Jun 1990): 184-204. A selection of travel letters by painter Toss Woollaston.

Interview with Cilla McQueen. English in Aotearoa 13 (Nov 1990): 93-95.

Heavy Traffic in the Dark. Dir. Stephanie Donald. Donald-De Lange and Alchemy Productions, 1991. Filmscript.

Interview with Mark Davis. Northern Perspective 15.2 (Darwin, 1992).

‘Today is the Piano's Birthday.' In The Oxford Book of New Zealand Love Stories. Ed. Fiona Kidman. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1999.

Rev. of Sidetracks by Alan Loney. NZ Books 9.3 (Aug 1999): 14-15.

Rev. of Laminations by Murray Edmond. Listener (20 May 2000): 46-47.

Featured Poet: ‘Such dark silks’; ‘La trapeziste’; ‘And, yes’; ‘Longing for harmonies, letter from Menton’; ‘Desir des harmonies, lettre de Menton’; ‘Reading Mandelstam’; ‘Cassandra's daughter’; 'Cremation blues'; ‘Doppelganger, greetings’; ‘The insomnia notebook, 4 am’; 'Cucumbers and mad apples'; ‘On day-realease’; ‘Anti-gravity’; ‘Learning the language’; ‘The dark twin.’ Poetry NZ 24 (Mar 2002): 10-26.

Rev. of Fq by Alan Brunton. Landfall 207 (May 2004): 196-99.


About Michael Harlow

Elizabeth Kerr. Rev. of Wellington's 1987 Sonic Circus organised by composer Jack Body in which over 60 New Zealand composers were represented including . . . Kit Powell in association with Christchurch poet Michael Harlow.Listener (5 Dec 1987): 98-99.

Murray Edmond. ‘The Poetry of Michael Harlow.’ Landfall 157 (Mar 1986): 31-44.

Janet Wilson. 'Harlow, Michael.’ The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature. Ed. Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1998: 228.

Sr Helen Leonie O'Neill. ‘Making the Unconscious Conscious Through Language: Jungian Influence on the Writing of Michael Harlow.’ MA thesis, University of Canterbury, 2002.

Michael Harlow and Michele Leggott
April 2005

Last updated 4 April, 2005