Brasch, (Orwell) Charles (1909–1973) By Hall, Molly
Charles Brasch was a New Zealand poet, critic, editor, and translator. Primarily informed by national identity and history, his work focused on finding rootedness in the landscape of New Zealand for its European settlers. He is best known for his mid-to-late career poetry: The Estate, and Other Poems (1957), Ambulando: Poems (1964), and Not Far Off: Poems (1969). He was the founder and long-time editor of the leading literary journal, Landfall, and was both a well-known trendsetter in, and patron of, the New Zealand Arts. Though he felt strongly connected to England, a country he spent much of his time in, he made his most significant literary contributions at home. On 20 May 1973 Brasch passed away after a battle with Hodgkin’s disease in the town of his birth, Dunedin, New Zealand.