A. R. D. Fairburn

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A. R. D. Fairburn
Born Arthur Rex Dugard Fairburn
(1904-02-02)February 2, 1904
Auckland, New Zealand
Died March 25, 1957(1957-03-25) (aged 53)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Other names "Rex" Fairburn
Occupation Poet

Arthur Rex Dugard "Rex" Fairburn (2 February 1904 – 25 March 1957) was a New Zealand poet who was born and died in Auckland.

He attended Auckland Grammar School, where he first met R. A. K. Mason, and worked at various jobs, including relief work on the roads. Later he tutored in English and lectured on the history and theory of Art at Elam School of Art, Auckland University College. His poetry was initially influenced by the (then unfashionable) Georgian poets.


  • He Shall Not Rise (1930)
  • Dominion (1938)
  • Poems 1929-41
  • Walking on my Feet (1945)
  • Strange Rendezview (1952)
  • Three Poems including Dominion, The Voyage, To a Friend in the Wilderness (1952)
plus satirical and light verse including:
  • The Sky is a Limpet (A Polytickle Parrotty)
  • How to Ride a Bicycle (In Seventeen Lovely Colours)
  • The Rakehelly Man
  • Poetry Harbinger

"Reverie on the Rat"

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