PANZA acknowledges the sudden death of one of New Zealand poetry’s regional generals, John O’Connor.

For many years, John was involved with the Canterbury Poets’ Collective in the organisation of readings and publications. As an editor, he is best known for the Sudden Valley Press, the journal plainwraps and Poets Group in Christchurch. John was a tireless worker for poets in Canterbury.

As a poet, he held an international reputation as one of New Zealand’s best haiku poets and was a technically accomplished, valued and skilled poetry practitioner and critic.

John published many volumes of his poetry since the 1970s. His last collection Whistling in the Dark (HeadworX) came out last year.

All those he helped, published and supported in New Zealand poetry circles will miss John.

A write up on John will appear in the Winter edition of Poetry Notes, the PANZA newsletter.