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Deep Down Things: Collected Poems, by Amy Brooke; Medlar Press (Nelson, New Zealand), 2008, 206 pages, NZ$24.95. Visiting Christchurch in New Zealand recently, I was shown over Rutherford’s rooms in the old university and mentioned Douglas Stewart’s great poem “Rutherford” to my hosts. None had heard of Stewart, who left New Zealand to pursue a literary career in Australia in 1938 at the age of twenty-five but who continued to write often on New Zealand. Indeed I mentioned Stewart to several well-educated people in New Zealand—poets even—and drew a blank almost every time. It struck me as sad that two…

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