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Rewards, challenges, surprise, Roger Robinson

The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776560677 Alistair Te Ariki Campbell always surprised us. He surprised the severely nationalistic poetry establishment of the post-WWII era with laments and elegies and mythic landscapes of…
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Slurries of history, Hugh Roberts

The Year of Adverbs Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $14.95,  ISBN 9781869403942  Just Poetry Alistair Te Ariki Campbell HeadworX, $19.99, ISBN 9780473124982 The Pop-up Book of Invasions Fiona Farrell Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9781869403881 Villon in Millerton James Norcliffe…
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History’s ghosts, Hugh Roberts

The Dark Lord of Savaiki: Collected Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Hazard Press, $40.00, ISBN 1877393002 Poems 1946-2005 W H Oliver Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735189 There are few readers now, I imagine, who could guess at more than…
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When Tu commands, Les Cleveland

Maori Battalion: A Poetic Sequence Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877159115 This sequence of 72 short narrative poems with nine photographs is a loose, anecdotal treatment of the Maori Battalion’s part in World War 2. It also…
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A sense of completeness, John O’Connor

Gallipoli & Other Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877159 08 5 In 1971 I wandered into a Christchurch bookshop and asked for the poems of Ezra “Pond”. I was doing UE at night tech; someone…
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