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Mythology of Place - Homage to James K Baxter - © 1993-94 - Lloyd Godman - Lawrence Jones - Mythology of Place - Book now available

Photographs of the Brighton Coastal Otago World of James K Baxter

Giants Grave Brighton River Dunedin, Lloyd Godman

Homage to Baxter  Resonance VI The Brighton River and the Giant's Grave 1994

selenium toned silver gelatine print - Lloyd Godman - (Click on image detail to enlarge)

Resonance VI

Although many of the features are still there that Baxter wrote about, the trees have changed the Giant's Grave area and tend to disguise the nature of the place when Baxter was a boy.  There have been ditches dug to drain the flat land, one at right angles to form the mark of a cross; however cows rarely graze the banks these days and sheep have taken their place. Across the horizon is a low profile of Saddle Hill, with part of the profile removed on the left of the left hump.

Map of Brighton indicating where the image Resonance VI was taken from

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James K Baxter - Poem references

The Giant's Grave  1951   CP

of the brackish river
cattle flats beyond it
Brimmed sluggish under gorse pods, 
between them a narrow tumulus 
manuka -  groved, broom feathered
we called it the Giant's Grave


The Tiredness of Me and Herakles   CP

They cut one breast off to draw the bow string
the other breast keep to feed their children