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Poetical philosophies, John Dennison

Song of the Ghost in the Machine  Roger Horrocks Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739858 Shaggy Magpie Songs Murray Edmond Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408411 Generation Kitchen Richard Reeve Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781877578922 Roger Horrocks’s Song of…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

The Enamelled Box   When they unearth the mass graves and discover the rivers of blood, or even stop to puzzle over a million lost golf-balls, may they also find medical instruments of ingenious design and exquisite precision; Let them…
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Tireless affectionate scrutiny, Michael Hulse

Being Here: Selected Poems  Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $40.00 ISBN 9780864739315 Let the Writer Stand  Judith Dell Panny Steele Roberts, $30.00 ISBN 9781927242803 Vincent O’Sullivan is a writer of such prodigious gifts that the Collected Poems I can’t be…
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For the “object-focused”, Charlotte Simmonds

The Glass Rooster Janis Freegard Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408336 The Year of Falling Janis Freegard Ma¯karo Press, $35.00 ISBN 9780994106575 There is more than one way to be human more than one way to be abominable A friend…
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Ineludible envanishings Jane Stafford

Blanche Baughan: Selected Writings Damian Love (ed) Erewhon Press, $30,00 ISBN 9780473309435 It is hard work establishing and maintaining a local canon when authors vanish and books slide in and out of print. Moreover, by definition, a canon stretches over…
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Grasping for something to say, Tom McLean

Charles Brasch: Selected Poems Alan Roddick (ed) Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877578052 Let us begin with the face. It isn’t what you expect. On the back cover of this trim little book, a woolly-haired young man looks sideways, away…
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As if shadows could whisper, Emma Neale

Dear Neil Roberts  Airini Beautrais Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739735 How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes  Chris Tse Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408183 Both collections under review here act as witness to politically charged historic…
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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…
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Constant fizz and playful grace, Mark Houlahan

Alan Brunton: Beyond the Ohlala Mountains: Poems 1968-2002 Michele Leggott and Martin Edmond (eds) Titus Books, $38.00, ISBN 9781877441479 Sweeping the Courtyard: The Selected Poems of Michael Harlow Michael Harlow Cold Hub Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780473274207 My first Red Mole…
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Moments of transcendence, Elizabeth Crayford

Otherwise  John Dennison Auckland University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781869408282 The Art of Excavation Leilani Tamu Anahera Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473290047 Whale Years  Gregory O’Brien Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781869408329 The cover of John Dennison’s Otherwise features a photograph of…
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