Michael Walker

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I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, high school, and graduated from the University 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 ...
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Life And Death.
I know, or I think I know, where I was born.
New Plymouth, a city with two sprawling cemeteries,
where I found my grandparents' gravestones at last,
but they were covered in gray lichen and moss.
A Clairvoyant.
I can see your boarding house now,
A spacious, two-storied bungalow
That overlooked the blue-water harbour.
Your rambling house had good prospects.
Finish Line.
Peter Snell was an unknown athlete
when he won the 800 metres gold medal
at the 1960 Rome Olympics, lunging at the tape
to just shade Roger Moens on the line.
A Soccer Report. (Haiku) .
I played goalkeeper.
I coached high school soccer teams:
I lost interest.
Good manners sail on the Gulf Streamof mutual satisfaction:
Bad manners sail in the Southern Ocean of cold indifference.
If most people are well-mannered, all of society benefits.
After getting called out for yawning and not listening
Popular Quotes
02 June 2015
In a city, the most precious item for sale is time.
27 October 2015
'Life is not fair. Nothing is fair'.
30 September 2020
In a hospital, the doctor has power: the patient has none. This is symbolized by a patient lying helpless on a bed, while the doctor stands and talks to him.
30 September 2020
'Good evening. You're speaking with the world's greatest'.
30 September 2020
'Having performed a task means having become eternal'.


David Montgomery 31 October 2020
i would like to get his permission the first two lines of On the Map in my book Maps of Trinidad and Tobago I have requested this before but have not received a reply. David Montgomery EMAIL davidmontgomery1945gmail
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Michael Walker 21 October 2020
It has been a long journey since 2012, when I started writing. I made many mistakes, but learned from them. Any improvement which I have made is due to hard work and extensive poetry reading. Positive comments from a smallish group of Poem Hunter friends has helped me greatly. My friends build up confidence in me.
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Michael Walker. 07 October 2020
To David Montgomery, Yes you have my permission to use the two lines from 'On the Map'. I wish you well with your project. M. Walker.
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David Montgomery 06 October 2020
I wish to get permission from Michael Walker to publish two lines from his poem On the map. I am producing a book called Maps of Trinidad and Tobago which has about 250 pages and 125 maps. I am self publishing. the lines are as follows Last night I turned the pages of a new atlas, for a change of direction. to revisit places Thank you David Montgomery EMAIL davidmontgomery1945gmail
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Michael Walker. 13 September 2020
Blair, Thanks for reading the poem so promptly and making a good comment. I made minor revisions to that poem yesterday. Michael.
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Blair O''Brien 11 September 2020
The song of nature. Speaks to me too Michael as it seems to do to you despite the clamour of extraneous & largely irrelevant voices
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Michael Walker. 01 July 2020
Thanks to Prabir, Cui Gya, Jane, Rajnish, Darwin, and Kumarmani Mahakul for their encouraging, positive comments about my writing. I do appreciate sincere praise in a world full of negative criticism. I have had to work very hard on my writing since I got started in poetry in 2012. I have learned how much I still need to revise. Michael Walker.
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Prabir Gayen 28 May 2020
" Michael Walker" Dear friend you are my true friend and a fantastic poet, , , A genuine heart and a sensitive Mind..Love from the bottom of my heart...God bless You.
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Cui Gya 04 October 2019
I must translate it in Chinese...
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Jane Campion 18 July 2019
Michael Walker, a New Zealand poet who travels with wonderful poems through his life.
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Prabir Gayen 15 July 2019
Michael walker is a great poet and a good friend..God bless you..
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Michael Walker 17 April 2019
Thanks again Rajnish. What I value most in your comment is that I have powers of observation That is true: i look for small details in any situation. The fine print.
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Rajnish Manga 17 April 2019
Another point which in my opinion would be essential to mention while writing about you as a poet is your skills as a translator of contemporary poetry from New Zealand as well as from other regions. You also make us familiar with the concerned poets and their lives and struggles through your well researched Notes. We remain thankful to you for your remarkable contribution, Michael.
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Rajnish Manga 17 April 2019
One important thing which I recall again and again about your writings is your power of observation. Even the minute details of a topic under reference would hardly escape your attention e.g. your description of coins and currency in one of your poems and name of places in a series of other poems was just mind-blowing.
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Rajnish Manga 13 April 2019
Hi! Michael, I'm so happy and I acknowledge with thanks and humility your most generous comments about me and my poetry. I have always been learning a lot from my great poet friends like you. I admire your travelogues and poems relating to your past and present tours undertaken from time to time. I wish I could write such pen sketches which make even a common street look like a picture gallery. My Regards & Good Wishes.
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Darwin Henry Beuning 28 January 2019
I consider Michael Walker an outstanding poet. A kinder, gentier person cannot be found. Michael translated my poem, My Question into french. I consider him to be New Zealand's Poet Laureate and I consider him as one of my best friends! ! ! !
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Kumarmani Mahakul 01 October 2018
On behalf of all fellow poets, Poem Hunter Family and our Mahakul family we offer a title of honour to poet Michael Walker as, Grand Hymn. From today on wards he will be known as Grand Hymn Michael Walker. We hope all poets and visitors will accept this. We congratulate poet for having this honorary title and we are wishing him all the best for his future perseverance.
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michael walker. 07 March 2018
Yes Robert, I did translate many English poems into French, but now I am resolved to write only my own poems in English. That is a higher skill than translating, in which you give the thoughts of another poet not your own. As a bonus, though, I have learned ideas and linguistic devices from the poets whom I translated. I like to think that my writing improved because of it. Michael Walker.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 26 February 2018
Michael Walker born in New Plymouth New Zealand and educated from University of Auckland is a very nice, multi-talented, kind, cooperative, brilliant and internationally acclaimed poet who writes poems deeply from his experience and emotion in both English and French. His works are treasured in heart of every reader. (Part-1)
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Kumarmani Mahakul 26 February 2018
He has also amazing skill of translation. I have gone through many of his poems and reviewed them. I love his writing very much. He is very spiritual and philosophical in his writing and attitude. He has strong faith on God and every Sunday he offers his prayer for well-being of mankind. (Part 2)
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