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Mark Pirie edits a posthumous book by Michael Duffett (USA)

February 2020 sees the release of a booklet of poems by the late Californian Professor and poet Michael Duffett (1943-2019). 

I put together the sequence, 20 Sonnets, from well over a hundred uncollected poems sent to me by the author as his poetry editor 2014-2019.

It is published in the relaunched ESAW Mini Series (No. 37).

I intend to preserve and keep in print the best of Michael Duffett's poetry. Duffett passed away in 2019 from a terminal illness. Further publication of his work may continue in archival form for research libraries and his readers. 

Here's the link to the publisher's blog:

HeadworX publishes new books by Margaret Jeune and Michael Duffett (USA)

In the first half of 2019, my publishing company HeadworX will release three new poetry books: The Presence of Love: Poems Selected and New by Michael Duffett, California, USA, and Flight Paths and Upbeat: Selected Early Poems 1969-1987 by Margaret Jeune. Upbeat is published under Margaret's maiden name Margaret Webb.

Michael Duffett’s selection (which I put together) comprises mainly new material along with some earlier poems and an article about his lecture tour and visit to New Zealand in 1979. It’s a significant addition to his poetry publication history and the HeadworX list. As an Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College, Califorinia, he has published extensively in prose and verse. As an actor (among other roles) he has appeared in the final episodes of the TV series, Magnum, P.I.

Margaret Jeune has been writing since childhood when she was first published in the Children’s Page of the Wellington newspaper, The Evening Post. Her two books represent mainly the best of her poetry that she wished to have collected at this stage. Upbeat covers her early writing period (1969-1987) and Flight Paths covers her writing from the past 30 years.

It's another significant editing achievement to select and publish these titles.

For more details on each book, please visit the HeadworX website:

The Presence of Love: Poems Selected and New by Michael Duffett

Flight Paths by Margaret Jeune

Upbeat: Selected Early Poems 1969-1987 by Margaret Webb

broadsheet 17 features Michael Duffett (USA)

The latest issue of my journal broadsheet, no.17, May 2016, features the American-based professor Michael Duffett.

The issue is the first journal to feature his poetry in New Zealand.

Duffett has previously appeared in the Listener (NZ) in 1979 during a visit to the country to give a lecture on the prose of Graham Greene.

Others included are: Richard Berengarten (UK), Gary Mutton, Richard Reeve, Vaughan Rapatahana, Jeremy Roberts, Cameron La Follette (USA), Bill Direen, Jeanne Bernhardt, Basim Furat (Sudan), David P Reiter (Australia), Noeline Gannaway, Michael O'Leary and Anthony Rudolf (UK).

Here's the link: