Basil Dowling Selected Poems

"Between the Lines"

ISBN 3-9501862-0-4

"Selected Poems" by Basil Dowling has recently been published in a hardback edition. Copies can be purchased online at AMAZON or ordered through BEAGLE DIRECT, who will take orders by phone (01933 443862), fax (01933 443849), email ( or post at Collets House, Crane Close, Denington Road, Wellingborough NN8 2QH. The price is £12.99 plus postage and packing.

New Zealand born Basil Dowling wrote over 500 poems during his lifetime. His first three collections were published by the Caxton Press, beginning with A Day’s Journey (1941), followed by Signs and Wonders (1944) and Canterbury and other Poems (1949). In 1968, the University of Otago printed Hatherley: Recollective Lyrics. A further five volumes, which include A Little Gallery of Characters (1971), Bedlam: A Mid-Century Satire (1972), The Unreturning Native (1973), The Stream (1979), and Windfalls & Other Poems (1983), were published by the Nag’s Head Press. His poems have been included in numerous anthologies, published not only in Britain, New Zealand and Australia, but also in the United States, India and Scandinavia, the most recent being Here On Earth, an award winning anthology of New Zealand writing, published by Craig Potton.

"I have read Basil Dowling's Selected Poems with much pleasure. I like them very much for their unaffected honesty and directness of statement, qualities that are becoming rare to the point of invisibility."
Vernon Scannell

“While remaining constant to his native background, Basil Dowling became increasingly aware of the social and political issues of his time, ever true to his profoundly humane and radical views. He has left a body of carefully constructed poetry, full of sanity and wisdom, which achieves the dimension of ‘verbal magic’ for which he aimed.”
R.J. Barttelot, The Independent

“Allen Curnow wrote that he had a gift ‘for catching a commonplace offguard’ and was ‘a quiet poet of carefully arranged understatements’.
Otago Daily Times

“He had a liking for regular metres, tidy stanzas and full rhymes – traditional forms which he handled with grace and ease ... poetry so well made will not easily be forgotten.”
Dr. Peter Simpson, Auckland University

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