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Poem — James Brown

The Crickets   We came creeping out the cracks hot summer nights at the local swimming pool like black, anti-cicadas of the night, our exotic chirps a skimpy advert for the sins we hoped would be forthcoming. We sucked in

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“Silks across the birdcage”, Lloyd Jones

First Past the Post: An Anthology of New Zealand Racing Stories ed Brian Phillips Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869414152   I’m more amused than seriously persuaded of Phar Lap’s place on National Radio’s Golden Kiwis series. At the risk of

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1905: A Sports Odyssey, Adrienne Simpson

The Book of Fame Lloyd Jones Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0140296948 New Zealanders love sport. The truth of this frequently-heard comment is daily demonstrated by the amount of space our newspapers allocate to sporting activities. Success on the cricket pitch, putting

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“A genius for upholstery”, Kim Hill

Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady: such an adolescent cliché, you could say, not to mention a literary one. Spirited young thing falls in thrall to a superficially sophisticated older man, and ruins her life. The Victorians were apparently

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The rhythm method, Paola Bilbrough

From the Author of Nick Ascroft Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0864733887 Animals Indoors Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0864733895 A close-up of a bat’s face and prehensile paws adorn the cover of Nick Ascroft’s first collection

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From the sin bin, Bernard Carpinter

The Cassino Legacy Michael Wall Penguin, $19.95, ISBN 0140288368 Cardinal Sins Michael Wall HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503619 Michael Wall wants to see his name on the airport bookshelves of the world. He is making serious and professional efforts to write,

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Poem — Roma Potiki

Doña Musica  for Julia Varley   The butterflies that have come out of the garden of the kaosmos flutter behind each of the ears of Doña Musica. Doña Musica is a character and she is not. She is herself and

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Modern, John Campbell

Full Circle: A Modern Morality Tale Bob Jones Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161764   Modern Morality Tale.” Let’s begin with those  words.  And of those words, there’s one in particular I really want you to think about: ”Modern”. “Modern” is a

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Hanging matter, Marion McLeod

The Curative Charlotte Randall Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0140297537 This is an amazing and amazingly good novel. The second novel is supposed to be the hardest but any reader coming to this one “blind” would judge it to be the work

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From a work in progress, Damien Wilkins

Finally she found the room. Truly they’d banished him and as she pulled up a chair beside the bed and took out the patient’s file from her folder, she had the question in her head, if this man is dangerous,

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