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Winged words, Jane McRae

Nga Pepeha a nga Tipuna: The Sayings of the Ancestors ed Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove Victoria University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864733992 Maori sayings are “ready bits of loftiness and sonority”, to use George Steiner’s apt characterisation of formulaic expression.

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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

The Oxford comma   A little knot of writers at a prize-giving ceremony, standing uncertainly, looking at the stage and the side table with scrolls and envelopes containing magical cheques, we discuss to show erudition and hide fear the Oxford

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Ghosts and disclosures, Charmaine Pountney

Lesbian Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand ed Alison Laurie Harrington Park Press, $79.95, ISBN 1560232528 Academic publications are often daunting to lay readers obscure, dense, and obfuscatory. But Lesbian Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand, a paperback for general readers (co-published simultaneously as

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Butting the trend, Marion McLeod

In the Lifetime of a Goat: Writings 1984 – 2000 Marilyn Waring Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1877242098 Journalism is an ephemeral business. “Today’s news, tomorrow’s fish and chips wrapping” – the saying may be out of date but the

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Redefining war art, Roger Blackley

I was no soldier: An artist’s war diary Ted Lewis Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877228494 I  was no soldier tells the story of an art teacher’s experiences of World War 2. Ted Lewis volunteered in January 1941 for the medical

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The perils of proximity, Michael Laws

Helen: Portrait of a Prime Minister Brian Edwards Exisle Publishing, $44.95, ISBN 0908988206 Biography is a fraught art. If the subject is dead, then the Author is reliant upon a myriad of sources, often contradictory, to capture the essence of

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Bestriding two worlds, Alan Ward

He Tipua: The Life and Times  of Sir Apirana Ngata Ranginui Walker Viking, $69.95, ISBN 0670911887 In the Foreword, Sir Henare Ngata, son of Sir Apirana, on Behalf of the Ngata family and the Ngati Porou people, thanks Dr Ranginui

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Rearranging the found, Mark Amery

Shifting Nature: Photographs by Wayne Barrar Wayne Barrar, with an essay by Geoff Park Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276057 Chris Booth: Sculpture in Europe, Australia and New Zealand Edward Lucie-Smith, Ken Scarlett and Gregory O’Brien Godwit, $49.95, ISBN 1869620739

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Issue 52 Summer 2000

  Volume 10 | Number 4 | Issue 52 | Summer 2000 Michael Laws: Brian Edwards, Helen: Portrait of a Prime Minister Editorial Shelagh Duckham Cox: Kirsty Gunn, Featherstone Simone Drichel: Alan Duff, Szabad Diana Bridge: “The route” (poem) Kim Worthington:

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Quo vadis, Alan? Simone Drichel

Szabad Alan Duff Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869414721 Reviewing a new novel by – notoriously controversial –  Alan Duff is not only a daunting, but also a somewhat futile exercise. Judgements regarding Duff’s work tend to be firmly in place: there

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