Shocks and conversations, Mark Williams
The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems Steve Braunias (ed) David Bateman, $25.00, ISBN 9780473450281 Short Poems of New Zealand Jenny Bornholdt (ed) Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776562022 Two new poetry anthologies: one featuring beautifully composed small poems selected across the New Zealand literary landscape from Arnold Wall, born in 1869, to twelve-year-old “Mary”; in the other, poems published between 2015 and 2018 that are various in length, sometimes full of delinquency, and keen to display a spikey newness. Steve Braunias, in his introduction to The Friday Poem, looks back admiringly to Arthur Baysting’s 1973 anthology The Young New
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