Michael Walker

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Michael Walker
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I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, all high school classes, and graduated from the Uiversity of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few New Zealand high schools on-and-off from 1969 till 2006. I travelled to England and France in the early 1970s. I lived and taught English in Grenoble for a couple of years. Here, I spoke French most of the time, but also had time to buy and read many French novels in paperback. The novelist, Stendhal, was from Grenoble and lived there most of his life. I first read Stendhqal's novel, 'Le Rouge et le Noir' ('The Scarlet and the Black') in Grenoble. I rate this novel highly. ... more »

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  • '''BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU' is written on every parking ticket.'''
    - M. Walker. George Orwell's novel '1984' ends with the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU', which I adapted to comment on the mentality of fining pe...
  • ''In a city, the most precious item for sale is time.''
    This is my original thought. I do not like wasting time or have shop assistants keep me waiting unnecessarily. I am impatient. Time is precious.M. Wal...
  • '''Poetry is the friend of meditation and research. Poems flourish in complete silence'.''
    My own idea, based on my own experience. I need absolute quiet for writing, no radio, nothing. For some dramatic monologues, like 'A Farewell Note', I...
  • '''Poetry is the ruby of emotion, but also the diamond of thought'.''
    Mine, original. I think there needs to be both emotion and academic thought in most poems. The poem should move the reader emotionally, but also resul...
  • '''You say save the trees: I say save the people'.''
    I am influenced by June Jordan's anti-green thought. I was like this long before, too. To me, people and their needs are more important than trees-the...
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Best Poem of Michael Walker

Life And Death.

I know well enough where I was born;
in a seaside city with two cemeteries,
where I found my grandparents' gravestones
at last; but covered in gray lichen.

The kindly sexton said she would spray them,
and I will be back to see them pristine.
My grandparents were always there for me,
you see, showing respect and etiquette.

We went to the cricket at Pukekura Park,
or wandered around the lake, watching
the canoeists gliding on the surface,
while the real action lay in the depths.

I realized that death is not the end,
when I found my ...

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