C.K. Stead


'My mordant friend told me the story of / the woman he loved in youth in Oxford /who had, he said, "a hospitable cunt".'


'One hundred years ago young Ezra writes / from Kensington to Miss Alice Kenny'


'Tucked among books, look, a long-ago letter, / long ago lost, thanks me for poems – for one / especially in which she’s named.'

C.K. Stead

C.K. Stead is one of New Zealand’s foremost literary figures and a member of the Order of New Zealand. He is a distinguished novelist, literary critic, poet, essayist and emeritus professor of English of the University of Auckland.