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JAMES KEIR BAXTER
NEW ZEALAND POET

29 JUNE 1926 - 22 OCT 1972


"The Poet and the Woman by the River" 
Sr SUE COSTELLO - DOLC

"Baxter was a poet, and  a social philosopher. Jim’s main criticism was that society disregarded the worth and dignity of the human person. Society’s defining question was “what do you do?” Personal needs were sacrificed to productivity and efficiency. What a time Jim would have today! 

As Sr Sheila says: “He came to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”. 

Quite genuinely, many were unsure that what he was saying was an unavoidable consequence of the Gospel, and then he died before many had time to catch the idea and digest it.

EXCERPT only FROM AN ARTICLE IN TUI MOTU INTERISLANDS, 
P.24, Sr Sue Cosgrove Issue 15, 1998 December 




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