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Back in the day, Chris Else

Tane’s War Brendaniel Weir Cloud Ink Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473415648 Gone to Pegasus Tess Redgrave Submarine, $35.00, ISBN 9780473419196 Rotoroa Amy Head Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561919 Over the last ten years or so, the number of established New…
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Words uncaged, Tim Upperton

How to Defeat the Philistines David Beach David Beach, $25.00, ISBN 9780473426163 Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561872 A Fine Morning at Passchendaele Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9780947493677 Poetic forms are a bit like…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Plays and playmaking, Mark Houlahan

Performing Dramaturgy Fiona Graham Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607648 Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa Lisa Warrington and David O’Donnell ISBN 9781988531076 Dawn Raids Oscar Kightley Playmarket, $18.00, ISBN 97809080607631 “What is a dramaturg?” I overheard that question earlier this year…
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Posted in Art, Literature, Non-fiction, Pacific, Plays, Review

Time-hopping, Adrian Kinnaird

Helen and the Go-go Ninjas Ant Sang and Michael Bennett Penguin Random House, $30.00, ISBN 9780143771241 A creative collaboration between a writer and artist is common in the world of comics and graphic novels. Celebrated collaborators like Stan Lee and…
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Posted in Graphic novel, Literature, Review

Wrestling with the past, Gwynaeth McIntyre

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society Diana Burton, Simon Perris and Jeff Tatum (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561766 Athens to Aotearoa’s cover image, Herakles Wrestles the Taniwha, epitomises the very essence of…
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Posted in Literature, Review

Shivers of emotion, Tom McLean

Dan Davin: A Field Officer’s Notebook: Selected Poems Robert McLean (ed) Cold Hub Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473430689 Robert McLean here presents an edited selection of Dan Davin’s poetry, collecting a body of verse seen as having value in itself rather…
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Yearning and erasure, John Horrocks

He’s so MASC Chris Tse Auckland University Press, $30.00, ISBN 1781869408879 The Facts Therese Lloyd Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561810 Dark Days at the Oxygen Café James Norcliffe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560837 (more…)
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Keith Westwater – Poem

To Avis Elaine The flowers you loved strew the shores of my first seven years Sometimes, in flower shops they shout out their names gerbera gladioli iris Sometimes they sing to me from a bouquet only half-made peonies pansies sweet…
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Thoughts well-wrought, Damian Love

View from the South Owen Marshall (Grahame Sydney photographer) Vintage, $40.00, ISBN 9780143771845 It often seems to be the case that novelists, when they turn to verse, move with a more relaxed gait, a less self-conscious regard, than those whose…
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Almost too true, Aleksia Drain

Lyla Fleur Beale Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760113780  Lyla is a book written in raw truth. The story begins in a world of homework and the normal everyday life of a young schoolgirl named Lyla. She attends Avonside Girls’…
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