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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

Resonance VII James K Baxters room, Bedford Parade, Brighton 1989

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Resonance VII

I was fortunate enough to gain permission from Allan Couts who owned the house at the time to photograph inside James K Baxter's room for Frank McKay's book and was happy with the results. The image was added to this series at a later date. The outside of the house has always been difficult to see, as though there were private things that happened behind the hedge while the second level turret  was like a sentry box and gave a full view of the world, especially anyone who might be looking in. Key Baxter icons are framed by the windows left to right - Scroggs Hill, Saddle Hill, and Green Island.

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

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James K Baxter - Poem references

Iron Scythe Song   CP

up the road's stony edge
to my father's hawthorn hedge

Home Thoughts   CP

The tree of time, the dusty wattle grove
And the blind devil on the stair
who guarded and still guards
the spidered room
that I wrote poems in.....

or grafted apple twigs
on stumps of hawthorn

A Family Photograph 1939   1961   CP

I in my fuggy room at the top of the stairs

Mother and Son  CP

Saddled and ridden to
Iceland and back by the night as
He learnt early tha
t prayers don't work