In October 1972 Hone Tuwhare’s friend, the poet James K. Baxter, died. Along with hundreds of mourners, Tuwhare travelled to the tangihanga (funeral) at Jerusalem, on the Whanganui River, and paid his respects at the grave. That journey is recalled in his poem ‘Heemi: for James K. Baxter’, published in the Listener soon after.
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