When I announced the publication of my new new novella Landfall by Paper Road Press, I also announced a competition: everyone who correctly named the famous New Zealand poem it’s titled after went in the draw to win a copy. Out of the entries, almost all correct, I’ve now picked the winner, and it’s Benjamin Dodds. Congratulations, Benjamin!
Simply by sailing in a new direction
You could enlarge the world.
Landfall in Unknown Seas is a poem by Allen Curnow set to music by Douglas Lilburn. Curnow was commissioned by the Department of Internal Affairs to write a poem to mark the tercentenary (13 December 1942) of Abel Tasman’s arrival in New Zealand. The resulting poem is an icon of mid-twentieth-century Pakeha nationalist literature, expressing the growing sense of separation from the “Mother Country” – a movement with which, in music, the composer Douglas Lilburn was also identified.
This is also the poem from which the literary magazine Landfall takes its name.