Louis Johnson (poet)

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Louis Johnson

Louis Albert Johnson (27 September 1924 Feilding, New Zealand — 1 November 1988) was a New Zealand poet.


He graduated from Wellington Teachers’ Training College. From 1968 to 1980, Johnson lived overseas and traveled widely, with an extended stay in Papua New Guinea.[1]

Johnson worked as a schoolteacher, journalist, and editor of several publications, including the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook (1951–64),[2] Numbers (1954–60), and Antipodes New Writing (1987).[3][4]



  • "City Sunday"; "Holidays"; "Kapiti Coast", New Zealand Electronic Poetry Center
  • Stanza and Scene (1945)
  • Roughshod Among the Lilies, (1951)
  • The Sun Among the Ruins (1951)
  • New Worlds for Old (1957).
  • Bread and a Pension. Pegasus Press. 1964.
  • Land like a lizard, New Guinea poems. Jacaranda Press. 1970. ISBN 978-0-7016-0346-5.
  • Onion (1972)
  • Coming and Going. Mallinson Rendel. 1982. ISBN 978-0-908606-14-6.
  • Winter Apples (1984)
  • True confessions of the last cannibal: new poems. Antipodes Press. 1986. ISBN 978-0-9597805-0-5.
  • Terry Sturm, ed. (2000). Selected poems. Victoria University Press. ISBN 978-0-86473-350-4.



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