JAMES K BAXTER: SOUL OF A POET, HEART OF AN ACTIVIST
“He called us to resist the grooming of the university to make us “normal.” It would mean letting go of the idols of career, money, and respectability. This made us feel uncomfortable. While it was clear from his appearance that he’d already given up on those aspirations, we were in no mood to throw away our own futures on the call of some stranger. He was an embodiment of what that might mean. There was, however, something about the quality of his words that got past my defenses…” – Find out what that something was, in Kiwi writer Mike Riddell’s reflection on his literary hero, in The Porch Issue #1, available to subscribers here. And if you haven’t signed up yet, you can read the first issue by subscribing here.