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The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune

The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune
 

In 1969, New Zealand's best-known poet, James K. Baxter, moved to Jerusalem and established a community under the local hapu, Ngati Hau. The Jerusalem commune proved a magnet for disaffected and damaged young people. The story of the Jerusalem commune is Baxter's undiscovered mas... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780864736031
Published 1 May 2009 by Victoria University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Newton, John

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ISBN-13 9780864736031
ISBN-10 0864736037
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; usually ships 5-14 working days
Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Publication Date 1 May 2009
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Newton, John
Category Australasian & Pacific history
Social & Cultural History
Christian communities & monasticism
Interest Age All ages
Reading Age All ages
Library of Congress Communal living - New Zealand, Baxter, James K, Jerusalem (N.Z.), Collective settlements - New Zealand
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 235mm
Weight 398g
Dewey Code 306.1099309046
Catalogue Code 84658

Description of this Book

'When Maori and Pakeha do these things together the double rainbow begins to shine.' In 1969, New Zealand's best-known poet, James K. Baxter, moved to Jerusalem on the Whanganui River and established an intentional community under the mana of the local hapu, Ngati Hau. The Jerusalem commune proved a magnet for disaffected and damaged young people. As the setting for Baxter's celebrated late works, Jerusalem Sonnets, Jerusalem Daybook and Autumn Testament, it quickly became the country's most famous hippie community, as well as a media byword for the idealism and excess of the emerging youth culture. But what was life really like at Jerusalem, beyond the popular stereotypes? And what did it mean, for Ngati Hau, to be deluged with long-haired strangers and with the media attention which followed them? Here, for the first time, events are reconstructed from the point of view of James K. Baxter's followers and of the local people who accepted them. The story told in this book is unique: nowhere else has a Pakeha community submitted so comprehensively to the authority and generosity of a Maori one. The events described are exceptional in our nation's colonial history. But they also convey an image of what a bicultural Aotearoa might yet become. The true story of the Jerusalem commune is Baxter's undiscovered masterpiece. Now this scrupulous and evocative book allows us to read and to begin to interpret it.

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Author's Bio

John Newton was born in Blenheim in 1959 and grew up on a sheep farm at Port Underwood in the Marlborough Sounds. A poet and critic, he taught for two years in the English Department at Melbourne, and from 1995 to 2008 in the English Department at the University of Canterbury. He now lives in Wellington.

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