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Textual Introduction


This edition sets out to provide a complete listing of all of Leicester Kyle's extant poetry, and to present complete facsimile texts of all his published books of poems, as well as a substantial selection of his posthumous literary remains.

The textual apparatus is included on the index site; the works themselves are reproduced on the texts site.

The apparatus criticus for each his twenty-odd books includes a Table of Contents, hyperlinked to the relevant pages on the texts site; an Editorial Note specifying the choice of copytext and any additional textual complications; and a Commentary & References, including relevant remarks by Leicester himself and/or by subsequent readers of his work.

The transcription of each page aims to be as exact as possible; however, given the disparate nature of these two media, text and hypertext, it has not been possible to copy exactly certain features of typography such as font and (in some cases) spacing. Given the fact that Leicester's favourite mode of reproduction was photocopying, though, readers can feel reasonably confident that no essential aspect of the layout and design of his poems and books of poetry has been obscured or falsified by this means of presentation.

I include below a brief summary of the textual information available (in more detail) on each of the relevant pages below:

  1. Koroneho: Joyful News out of the New Found World [c.1996-2001]. Extracts published in A Brief Description of the Whole World, 6 (July 1997): 10-19 / 7 (September 1997): 35-40 / 8 (December 1997): 62-67 / 9 (April 1998): 49-54. [A4: iv + 96 pp].
    • 1st book publication. ISBN 978-0-9876604-0-4. Auckland: The Leicester Kyle Literary Estate / Wellington: The Colenso Society, November 2011. [A5: ii + 110 pp].

    The copytext for the transcription is the complete typescript borrowed by me from Richard Taylor [Henceforth Taylor ts.], which includes four alternative, cancelled earlier versions of pp. 50-53 from section 8 of the poem. The facsimile images of ten of the fourteen sections also come from this typescript. Sections 1, 2, 4 and 6 have, however, been reproduced from their original periodical publication. The justification for this eclectic choice of materials is the interesting extra headings and textual details superimposed on pages which are, in all other respects, exact photocopies of the Taylor ts. The order of the sections has been determined from the Taylor ts. Bibliographical details and transcriptions of preliminary details are also given for the first (2011) book publication, recorded above.

  2. Options. Drawings by Jeffrey Harris. ISBN 0-473-04111-1. Mt Eden: Heteropholis Press, November 1996 / July 1997. [A4: 63 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of the second, expanded edition of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  3. State Houses. Mt Eden: Heteropholis Press, June 1997. [A4: 43 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  4. A Voyge to New Zealand: the Log of Joseph Sowry, Translated and Made Better. Mt Eden: Heteropholis Press, 1997. [A4: 117 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  5. Heteropholis. Mt Eden: Heteropholis Press, 1998. [A4: 52 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  6. A Machinery for Pain. ISBN 0-473-05734-4. Millerton: Heteropholis Press, January 1999. [A4: 37 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  7. A Safe House for a Man. Millerton: Heteropholis Press, 2000. [A4: 86 pp].
    • 2nd ed. ISBN 0-9582121-5-5. Auckland: Polygraphia Press, July 2000. [B4: 90 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of the first (2000) version of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile. Bibliographical details and transcriptions of preliminary details are also given for the first (2000) book publication, recorded above.

  8. Five Anzac Liturgies. Millerton, Buller, 2000. [A4: 45 pp].
    • 2nd ed. Drawings by Philip Trusttum. ISBN 1-877332-08-9. Auckland: Polygraphia Press, 2003. [B4: 55 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of the first (2000) version of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile. Bibliographical details and transcriptions of preliminary details are also given for the first (2003) book publication, recorded above.

  9. A Christmas Book. Millerton, Buller, December 2000. [A5: 26 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  10. The Great Buller Coal Plateaux: A Sequence of Poems. ISBN 0-473-07746-9. P.O. Box 367, Westport: MAPPS [The Millerton and Plateaux Protection Society], July 2001. [A5: 31 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  11. King of Bliss. Millerton, Buller, May 2002. [A4: 46 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  12. A Wedding in Tintown. Millerton, Buller, July 2002. [A4: 36 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  13. Dun Huang Aesthetic Dance. Millerton, Buller, November 2002. [A4: 10 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  14. Things to Do with Kerosene. ISBN 0-473-08963-7. Westport: Heteropholis Press, October 2002. [A5: 34 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  15. 8 Great O’s. Millerton, Buller, 2003. [A4: 46 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  16. Panic Poems. ISBN 0-476-00084-X. Westport: Heteropholis Press, December 2003. [A5: 39 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  17. Living at a Bad Address. Millerton, December 2004. [A5: 38 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  18. Miller Creek. Sketches by Joel Bolton. Westport: Heteropholis Press, 2004. [A5: 22 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimile is a set of pdf pages found on the hard-drive of Leicester's computer after his death. The initial copytext for the transcription comes from Microsoft Word files found on his computer, emended by reference to the facsimile.

  19. Anogramma. ISBN 0-476-01604-5. Millerton: Heteropholis Press, August 2005. [A4: 64 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  20. Breaker: A Progress of the Sea. Illustrations by John Crawford. ISBN 0-473-10237-4. Westport: Heteropholis Press, September 2005. [A5: 78 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is my own copy of Leicester's original photocopied text.

  21. Pamphlets, Cards, Ephemera:
    1. Christmas letter (1996)
      The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a photocopy borrowed from Richard Taylor.
    2. Christmas letter (1998)
      The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a photocopy borrowed from Richard Taylor.
    3. Christmas letter (c.1999)
      The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a photocopy borrowed from Richard Taylor.
    4. Red Dog / Brown. Cover Illustrations by John Conolly & Jocelyn Maughan. Millerton, Buller, Christmas 2005. [A5: 11 pp].
      The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a photocopy borrowed from Richard Taylor.

  22. Collected Shorter Poems: 1 (1983-July 1995). [A4: 107 poems & sequences / 130 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 1 (1983-1998) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. Some of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  23. Collected Shorter Poems: 2 (July 1995-September 1996). [A4: 107 poems & sequences / 184 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 1 (1983-1998) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. Some of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  24. Collected Shorter Poems: 3 (September 1996-March 1997). [A4: 107 poems & sequences / 127 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 1 (1983-1998) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. Some of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  25. Collected Shorter Poems: 4 (May 1997-April 1998). [A4: 107 poems & sequences / 129 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 1 (1983-1998) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. Some of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  26. Collected Shorter Poems: 5 (June 1998-December 1999). [A4: 106 poems & sequences / 119 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 2 (1998-2006) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. The majority of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  27. Collected Shorter Poems: 6 (December 1999-January 2004). [A4: 106 poems & sequences / 133 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 2 (1998-2006) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. The majority of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  28. Collected Shorter Poems: 7 (January 2004-February 2006). [A4: 106 poems & sequences / 135 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 2 (1998-2006) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. The majority of the transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  29. The Galapagos Tracts. [A4: v + 74 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a set of Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer, with the exception of five pages reproduced from A Brief Description of the Whole World.

  30. God Poems. [A4: ii + 52 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a set of Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  31. Five Millerton Sequences. Edited with an Introduction by Jack Ross. Poem by David Howard. Cover Illustration by Bronwyn Lloyd. ISBN 978-0-473-18880-1. Auckland: Perdrix Press, July 2012. [A5: viii + 55 pp].
    The copytext for the facsimiles comes from Filebox 2 (1998-2006) of Leicester's Collected Poems, presently in my possession. The transcriptions have been made from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  32. Uncollected Poems. [A4: 36 poems / 38 pp].
    The copytext for both facsimile and transcription is a set of Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.

  33. Prose Fiction
    1. I Got Me Flowers: Letters to a Psychiatrist (c.1975). [A5: 56 pp].
    The copytext for both the (selected) facsimile pages and the complete transcription is a copy of Leicester's original photocopied text lent to me by Richard Taylor.

  34. Miscellaneous Prose. [A4: 11 pp].
    The copytexts for the facsimiles come from the original periodical publications. The copytext for most of the transcriptions (including all the unpublished pieces) comes from Microsoft Word files preserved on Leicester's computer.






© Leicester Kyle Literary Estate, 2012






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