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Obituary: Alan Brunton [New Zealand]:

I stared at the screen a bit, unable to believe that one of my favourite poets died. But not only that, that he died three years ago. May you rest in peace, Mr. Brunton.



06.07.2002


By PETER CALDER

* Poet, scriptwriter, performer. Died aged 55.

One evening in early 1970, Alan Brunton was sharing a stage with some of the elder statesmen of New Zealand poetry. Kendrick Smithyman was there and Keith Sinclair, and Karl Stead too as I recall.

When his turn came, the youngest reader, plainly unintimidated by the company he was keeping, strode to the edge of the platform and dropped the needle on a scratchy LP. The insistent guitar riff of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love filled the hall.

"I just thought," he drawled raffishly after the entire song had played, "you'd like to hear some poetry before I started reading."
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