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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 15. August 4, 1971

[Letter from Alistair Campbell]

Having just read the review of Frank McKay's Poetry New Zealand I am prompted to list my own 'Cynical Observations'.

1.The review was unsigned. Would the reviewer kindly identify himself.
2.The favoured poets Pasley, List, Brunton, Wedde, etc. are believed to belong to a 'group'.
3.The group that I can be said to belong to was saying much the same things about our elders, but with more wit, about twenty years ago.
4.The praise of Denis Glover was so gratuitous as to be insulting.
5.James Baxter was not mentioned. Was this because he is too much of a tribal hero to be knocked?
6.The anonymous reviewer was probably a rejected contributor.

Alistair Campbell