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A swarm of poets, Airini Beautrais 

Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems Philip Temple and Emma Neale (eds) Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780947522469   New Zealand poetry in English has a long and complex tradition of politically-charged work: from colonial balladeers, through 20th-century heavyweights like Allen…
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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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The sliding door in the dark, Airini Beautrais

The Lonely Nude Emily Dobson Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739292 Cinema Helen Rickerby Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473276485 Waha/Mouth Hinemoana Baker Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739704 I have often wondered how far poetry can stray into the mundane,…
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Raw edges of wonder, Janet Hughes

The Hill of Wool Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736529   Thicket Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9871869404826   Aloe Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 98718669404413   The Leaf Ride Dinah Hawken Victoria University…
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Dwelling poetically, Dougal McNeill

Brainpark Anna Sanderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 086473543X After the Dance Michele Amas Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735421 Secret Heart Airini Beautrais Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735413 The Unbelievable Lightness of Eggs: Light Poems and Verse  Bernard…
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