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Olympian heights, John Horrocks

Striking Gold: New Zealand Hockey’s Remarkable Victory at the 1976 Olympics Suzanne McFadden Mary Egan Publishing, $40.00 ISBN 9780473343729 Striking Gold is the story of one of the great moments in New Zealand’s sporting history. The 1976 Olympics are remembered

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On men of a certain age, John Horrocks

The Conch Trumpet
David Eggleton
Otago University Press, $25.00,
ISBN 9781877578939

Wonky Optics
Geoff Cochrane
Victoria University Press, $25.00,
ISBN 9780864739810

Half Dark
Harry Ricketts
Victoria University Press, $25.00,
ISBN 9780864739841

Feeding the Birds
Kevin Ireland
Steele Roberts, $20.00,
ISBN 9781927242810

The job of reviewing poetry may one day be redundant. A neural-net programme could conceivably learn enough from previous responses to collections of poetry to make critical judgements, even write passable poetry. A large data set would be essential. Harry Ricketts, Geoff Cochrane, Kevin Ireland and David Eggleton have now produced a total of 55 books of poetry, a formidable starting-point even for a computer.

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Remembering, John Horrocks

Under the Dundas Street Bridge Peter Olds Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN 9781877577833 Chords and Other Poems Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9781877338181 Voicetracks: Poems 2002-2012 Jan Kemp Puriri Press/Tranzlit, $32.50, ISBN 9780908943388 Like Paul McCartney singing “Remember” at

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Died in the wool, John Horrocks

Making Sheep Country: Mt Peel Station and the Transformation of the Tussock Lands Robert Peden Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 9781869404857   The early pastoralists of the South Island, with their huge, remote holdings, their substantial homesteads, and their apparent

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Collecting and restoring, John Horrocks

Where Your Left Hand Rests Fiona Kidman Godwit, $29.00, ISBN 9781869621773   As Fiona Kidman points out herself, it is half a lifetime ago since her first book of poems, Honey and Bitters, was published in 1975. Her new collection

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Moving deeper, John Horrocks

Mirabile Dictu Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 9781869404406 The Lustre Jug Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736086 Just This Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735911 One can expect that these new collections by three

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Porridge stirring, John Horrocks

The Problem of Prisons: Correction Reform in New Zealand since 1840 Greg Newbold Dunmore Press, $49.95, ISBN 9790187399213 Mt Eden Prison in Auckland speaks of an era when punishment and incarceration were very visible. Its turreted buildings of black volcanic

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Removing the cycle clips, John Horrocks

Like Love Poems: Selected Poems Joanna Margaret Paul (ed Bernadette Hall) Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735278 Modern Colours Wystan Curnow Jack Books, $24.95, ISBN 0473102544 One Shapely Thing: Poems and Journals Dinah Hawken Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 08646735286

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Making it, Bernadette Hall

A Box of Bees Emily Dobson Victoria University Press, $17.95, ISBN 0864735103 As It Was in the Beginning Stu Bagby Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877338540 Raw Places  John Horrocks Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877338451 Who can deny the bliss of

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