Fleur Adcock

Rookie (1934 / Auckland)

Fleur Adcock
Do you like this poet?
58 person liked.
27 person did not like.

Fleur Adcock poems, quotations and biography on Fleur Adcock poet page. Read all poems of Fleur Adcock and infos about Fleur Adcock.

Kareen Fleur Adcock (known as Fleur Adcock) (born 10 February 1934) is a New Zealand poet and editor, of English and Northern Irish ancestry, who has lived much of her life in England.

Adcock was born in Auckland, but spent the years between 1939 and 1947 in the UK. Her sister is the novelist Marilyn Duckworth. She studied Classics at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a M.A.. She worked as an assistant lecturer and later an assistant librarian at the University of Otago in Dunedin until 1962. She was married to two famous New Zealand literary personalities. In 1952 she married Alistair Campbell, (divorced 1958). Then in 1962 she married Barry Crump, divorcing ... more »

Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.





Fleur Adcock Quotations

more quotations »
  • ''Poetry is a search for ways of communication; it must be conducted with openness, flexibility, and a constant readiness to listen.''
    Fleur Adcock (b. 1934), New Zealand poet. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).
    13 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
Read more quotations »

Comments about Fleur Adcock

  • Anonymous (1/23/2019 9:31:00 AM)

    Another poem that she wrote is For a five-year-old. its a great poem

    7 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Gareth Thompson (1/4/2019 3:09:00 PM)

    Replying to Nanci Lagarenne - the poem is actually by Nina Borgin called Initiation II. https: //slowmuse.wordpress.com/tag/nina-bogin/

    2 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Nanci Lagarenne (8/22/2016 7:55:00 AM)

    Looking desperately for a Fleur Adcock poem about a woman at her door turning her key to her own home. I heard it recited by David Whyte and cannot find it. Can you help? Thank you, Nanci

    3 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Annie Thanjan (10/7/2006 12:30:00 PM)

    Read a fantastic poem by Fleur Adcock: Knife-play.
    The first reading is interesting but by the time you have read it a few times it grips you with a subtle charm.

    13 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
  • Annie Thanjan (10/7/2006 12:29:00 PM)

    Read a fantastic poem by Fleur Adcock: Knife-play.
    The first reading is interesting but by the time you have read it a few times it grips you with a subtle charm.

    9 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
Best Poem of Fleur Adcock

The Man Who X-Rayed An Orange

Viewed from the top, he said, it was like a wheel,
the paper-thin spokes raying out from the hub
to the half-transparent circumference of rind,
with small dark ellipses suspended between.
He could see the wood of the table-top through it.
Then he knelt, and with his eye at orange-level
saw it as the globe, its pithy core
upright from pole to flattened pole. Next,
its levitation: sustained (or so he told us)
by a week's diet of nothing but rice-water
he had developed powers, drawing upon which
he raised it to a height of about two feet
above the table, ...

Read the full of The Man Who X-Rayed An Orange