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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947


The second issue of the Literary Society Broadsheet contains an editorial, three poems and an article.

The first is a discussion of Landfall Two and Book Nine, both by the Caxton Press. Landfall seems more concerned with "the mysterious 'we' who are to make culture" than Book Nine with its "less purposive approach."

This excellent comparison might have been carried still further by a comparison of Curnow's verse with Glover's. If you read Glover's "The Road Builders" you might be impressed by the unselfconscious poetry that is dignified without being snobbish, intelligent without being abstract, and intelligible without being tawdry. I agree with the editorial when it states Australian writers worry more about which way they are going than what they're doing on the way. They should realise in fact that everyone else is going in several cultural directions at some considerable speed and that if all the writers in New Zealand were killed tomorrow, some kinds of culture would go on without them. After all, some people in NZ go to the pictures, listen to the radio and talk about things that interest them. It's time NZ writers ceased their abstract, self-analytical, mental meanderings, their condescending, self-conscious, imitations of colloquialisms and began to write what they feel in clear bold and unashamed terms.