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Ex cathedra, Paul Morris

A Word in Season: Reflections on Spirituality, Faith and Ethics Richard Randerson  Matai House, $19.50, ISBN 9780473136543 The Anglican Church in New Zealand, like the other major denominations, is split between its liberals and conservatives. This division is over how

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Walking with McCahon, Martin Edmond

In this extract from Dark Night, Martin Edmond retraces the steps of Colin McCahon, who, on April 11 1984, went missing in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens and was not found again for 36 hours. I actually made the walk from

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The embodiment of dreams, Brendan O’Brien

The Printing of a Masterpiece  Alan Loney Black Pepper, $AUD25.95,  ISBN 9781876044589 With so much reading now done on the computer screen, Alan Loney’s new publication arrives to remind us of some of the other qualities we encounter when we

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Shooting the south, Stella Ramage

White Silence: Grahame Sydney’s Antarctica Grahame Sydney  Viking, $115.00, ISBN 9780670072538 How does the sustained gaze of the landscape painter, obsessively re-imagining the sun-scorched expanses of Central Otago in a million meticulous brushstrokes, adjust to the mechanical snap of a

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The decent society, John Pagani

The Bolger Years 1990-1997 Margaret Clark (ed)  Dunmore Publishing, $37.95,  ISBN 9781877399336 I have to confess to having taunted Margaret Clark in the past for her incuriosity. A few years ago she demanded in a newspaper answers and explanations from

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Poem — Peter Bland

The Gift   You love the new land truly you love it you pile up year upon year until belonging happens and before you know it the old land drifts into myth which you visit disguised as a child  

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Poem — Nicholas Reid

Once to the Rocks   “Once to the rocks,” said Bill and took a dive as neat and arc-like as a well-cast line. He left no ripple. I blundered behind with belly-flop and splashes, awkwardly.   So in his element,

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Movement is all, Paula Green

Magnetic South   Sue Wootton Steele Roberts, $24.99, ISBN 9781877448232 Spark   Emma Neale Steele Roberts, $24.99, ISBN 9781877448195 The Propaganda Poster Girl   Amy Brown Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735744 The World’s Fastest Flower   Charlotte Simmonds Victoria

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A straight left to the nose, Spiro Zavos

From Poverty Bay to Broadway: The Story Of Tom Heeney Lydia Monin  Hodder Moa, $39.99, ISBN 9781869711252 You play rugby and a host of other sports that have a greater or lesser degree of body contact in them. But you

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Steadfast, Dougal McNeill

Collected Poems 1951-2006 C K Stead Auckland University Press, $59.99,  ISBN 9781869404185 The American critic Lionel Trilling, writing in the early 1960s of his experience teaching what we would now call modernist literature, felt unsettled by the ease with which

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