About Kendrick SmithymanKendrick Smithyman was a New Zealand poet. His poetry started appearing regularly in journals in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the United States, quickly establishing his reputation in New Zealand as one of the leading poets of the nation's post-war generation. Smithyman assimilated a wide range of poetic influences, especially post-war Anglo-American modernism. His poetry, above all, was academic in style. Smithyman's verse was notorious for its knotty language and allusive obscurity.