Poet 3:

[Michael Harlow (2009)]

Michael Harlow
(b. 1937)

Michael Harlow was born in the United States. His father was Greek and his mother American-Ukrainian. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1968. He has published seven books of poetry, including Giotto's Elephant, which was a finalist in the National Book Awards in 1991. He has also published short prose in various literary journals and anthologies. He was the Katharine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France in 1986, the New Zealand-Australia Literary Exchange Fellow in 1991, the 2004 Randall Cottage Writer-in-Residence in Wellington, and the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University for 2009.

He has written a short film, Heavy Traffic in the Dark, in collaboration with film-maker Stephanie Donald, and has also composed the libretto for a Performance Work, The Tower of Babel, presented at the International Arts Festival in St Petersburg in 1995.

At present he lives and works in Central Otago as a writer and Jungian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. His latest book of poems, The Tram-Conductor's Blue Cap, was published by Auckland University Press in 2009.


Author Pages:

[NZ Book Council]


  1. Poems. Athens: Agora Press, 1965.
  2. Edges. Athens: Lycabettus Press, 1974.
  3. Nothing but Switzerland and Lemonade. Eastbourne: Hawk Press, 1980.
  4. Today is the Piano’s Birthday. Auckland: Auckland / Oxford University Press, 1981.
  5. Vlaminck’s Tie. Auckland: Auckland / Oxford University Press, 1985.
  6. Giotto’s Elephant. Dunedin: John McIndoe, 1991.
  7. Cassandra’s Daughter. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2005.
  8. The Tram Conductor's Blue Cap. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2009.
  9. Sweeping the Courtyard: Selected Poems. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2014.
  10. Heart absolutely I can. Hoopla Series. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2014.
  11. Nothing For It But To Sing. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2016.

  12. Texts / Libretti:
  13. Devotion to the Small (1980/81). Wellington: Wai-te-ata Press, 1988.

  14. Prose:
  15. Take a Risk, Trust Your Language, Make a Poem. Edited by Christodoulos E. G. Moisa. Christchurch Teachers College Press, 1985.

  16. Edited:
  17. Frontiers. Christchurch 1968-69.
  18. Omphalos. Athens 1970-73.
  19. Events, Greece 1967-1974. Athens: Anglo-Hellenic Publishing, 1975.
  20. Landfall (Associate and Poetry Editor) Christchurch 1976-84.
  21. Caxton Press Poetry Series. Books by Tony Beyer, Murray Edmond, Bernadette Hall, Rob Jackaman, Hugh Lauder, Michele Leggott, Gregory O’Brien, 1985-90.
  22. Say It With Words. Christchurch: Caxton Educational Press, 1991.

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