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Wedde, Ian

Works: 133 works in 305 publications in 2 languages and 11,929 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies  Biography  Chamber music  Musical settings  Scores  Parts (Music)  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: PR9639.3.W36, NZ821.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Wedde
The lifeguard : poems, 2008-2013 by Ian Wedde( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"You have to start somewhere / in these morose times' begins the title sequence of this collection, in which the dual, duelling lifeguards of east and west, sunrise and sunset, glib Narcissus and one-eyed Polyphemus, watch over a collection that explores the contradictions between life's pool-side surfaces and frightening undertows. Ian Wedde's poet laureate collection, dedicated to his grandchildren Bella and Sebo, opens with a major new series 'The Lifeguard', and finishes with a second long sequence, 'Shadow Stands Up', in which a world of Platonic memory and tidal recurrence is observed from a window-seat in Auckland's conspicuously green-branded Link bus. In poems that are a complex mix of rhapsody, fear, and humour, The Lifeguard is on the lookout for 'arms upraised / where the surf breaks against its own backwash' - Bella's and Sebo's future, full of hope and danger. Bringing together work from the past five years by one of our most outstanding contemporary poets, The Lifeguard shows Wedde at his thoughtful surprising best, building 'these lattices and / filigrees of words through which / the light slips, where the shadow / stands up, and we remember"--Back cover
Three regrets and a hymn to beauty : new poems by Ian Wedde( )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of poetry features five extended poems that explore the concept of beauty and the nature of language, discussing serious philosophical ideas with zest, energy, wit, and humor. A unique volume featuring remembered and misremembered song lyrics from John Lennon, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams, and Courtney Love, among others, it also includes fragments from philosophers and poets of the sublime, especially William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, and from religious texts such as the Bible and the Tao-Te Ching. Through glimpses of imperfection, Wed
The drummer by Ian Wedde( )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Drummer is Ian Wedde's eighth collection and it is plump with exquisite visual images, lost faith in language, revelations of intense beauty and literary allusions (from the Romantics to the New Zealand tradition). This is what the author writes about his collection: 'The word 'transport' seems to me to describe an event anywhere between a bus-trip and a vision. The dogged example of Odysseus in one margin, the raptures of language in another. The bliss of movement, the transport of dreams. The word romance is uniting gravity and desire. It is the romance I wanted for poems and
Tendering : new poems by Ian Wedde( )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steeped in the brilliance of the banal and the daily splendours of language, Wedde presents a beautifully controlled and ordered sequence of verse in Tendering: New Poems. The book was written, he says, 'in the ghostly presence of my great grandfather Heinrich Augustus Wedde, the last ship-rig pilot on Wellington harbour'. Powerful visions of ships, the sea and of Pacific voyages of exploration pervade the collection, as does that mean city to where the ships return home
Spells for coming out by Ian Wedde( )

9 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems by one of New Zealand's major poets, Spells for Coming Out exhibits a unity derived from mood and circumstance. Memories of Europe, regrets at the absence of 'friends, fugitives and lovers', dominate the opening section, and recur later when the physical scene before the poet is Mount Cargill and Otago Harbour. The feeling is lyrical, the structure informal, the clues are there to be followed into layers of resonance and meaning
The commonplace odes by Ian Wedde( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A strong new collection from an important poet, his first in seven years. It draws inspiration from the odes of Horace (and Keats), shows a new reflective and sober mood, but also evokes the rich world of the senses and the pleasures of the moment
Good business : new poems, 2005-2008 by Ian Wedde( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poetry collection. It includes the poems that are titled after Wellington businesses and institutions - Tony's Tyre Service, Metalworx Engineering, Wellington Scrap Metal, the KFC on the corner of Pirie Street and C O Products Ltd
Tales of Gotham City by Ian Wedde( )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of Gotham City consists of three groups of poems that were written over a period of seven years, from 1977-83. Ian Wedde says of this collection: When I went 'greedily' looking for meaning among the poems I'd written since about 1977, I found the record of a withdrawal of curiosity, its replacement with a counterpart anger. I'd wanted to know why not, not why. I'd heard myself answering kids' questions with my own. There were too many experts. Who did they think they were, these people with such confidence in their cigars, their sex, their history. That's me trying to s
Castaly : poems, 1973-1977 by Ian Wedde( )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ian Wedde : selected poems by Ian Wedde( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With selections from 1971's "Homage to Matisse" all the way through to 2013's "The Lifeguard", this volume introduces readers new and old to one of New Zealand's most distinguished contemporary poets
The Penguin book of New Zealand verse by Allen Curnow( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An outstanding collection of New Zealand poetry
Selected poems by Maḥmūd Darwīsh( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Driving into the storm : selected poems by Ian Wedde( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This selection from Ian Wedde's poetry includes work from all of his eight collections published since 1971, as well as some uncollected poems. ..."--Back cover
Trifecta by Ian Wedde( )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TRIFECTA looks at the odds in the lives of the three children of Martin and Agnes Klepka. Martin was one of the refugees of Nazism who famously brought Modernist architecture and 'real coffee' to New Zealand
The shirt factory and other stories by Ian Wedde( )

7 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected stories from one of New Zealand's most well known authors, Ian Wedde. Largely written in the years between 1970 and 1980, the collection includes the award winning Dick Seddon's Great Dive
Symmes hole by Ian Wedde( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the late 1820s, after a life of hardship and adventure, the whaler James Heberley found his true name and final home in Te Awaiti, New Zealand. In the 1980s a young man in Wellington loses his name and the knowledge of where he is, and sets out to find them. Summoning up the ghosts of Herman Melville and the white whale, he embarks on a journey through Pacific history that ends in a fish and chip shop on the East Cape. ..."--Back cover
The Penguin book of contemporary New Zealand poetry = nga kupu titohu o Aotearoa( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The work of poets active in the 1980s whose range and variety demonstrate the vitality of poetry in New Zealand at the time. A considerable number of poems are in Maori, selected by Miriama Evans
Bill Culbert : making light work by Ian Wedde( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bill Culbert is one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists. Light is the material of his art, 'both object, and the means by which objects are prerceived'. In Bill Culbert : making light work, the first substantial monograph on the artist's work, writer and critic Ian Wedde explores the ideas, materials and conditions that have formed Culbert's art over the past fifty years." -- Book jacket
The catastrophe by Ian Wedde( )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrity food writer Christopher is in dire straits after the credit crunch. When he is caught up in a revenge plot, his sense of the future is uncertain. Christopher's decisions play out in the long shadow of the Palestinian expulsions of 1948 and the more recent burnouts of the 1990s. A bittersweet blend of political menace, sexy regret and culinary delights
Survival arts by Ian Wedde( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and Italian and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comic novel set in Wellington, involving an auction room, frozen semen, a carwash, a war-surplus tank and a variety of interesting characters
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Alternative Names
Ian Wedde New Zealand writer and poet

Wedde, I. C. 1946-

Wedde, I. C. (Ian Curtis), 1946-

Wedde, Ian

Wedde, Ian Curtis 1946-

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Italian (2)