Bill Manhire

Until this year Bill Manhire was series editor for Best New Zealand Poems. Now he is in the happy position of simply being a poet. Recently he has been writing songs with Norman Meehan.

Manhire comments: ‘This poem picks up some true things about my childhood and adds some things that aren't quite true. I guess it has something to do with those moments in childhood when you sense worlds of possibility opening up for you, yet at the same time realise that you've climbed into the great vehicle of your own life, and you probably can't get off.’

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