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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Sonless Man   Sonless man, soft murderer. made of this daughter a loud unlovely boy, as if a man should swap yarns with a fern or force a rough acquaintance with the mysteries of the earth, Sonless man, shy killer,…
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From teapots to platters: a vital potter, Brian Carmody

Doreen Blumhardt, Teacher and Potter Marion McLeod, Daphne Brasell Associates, Wellington, 1991, $21.95 In a world where books on artists and craftsmen are often loaded with jargon and preoccupied with the personal psychology of the subject, Doreen Blumhardt, Teacher and…
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The poetry scene today, Tony Beyer

Tony Beyer: Inspired by an affronted sense of mission: the poetry scene today That it is possible to attempt a full and satisfying existence without ever reading or thinking about poetry is demonstrated in the way of life chosen by…
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Blurred portrait of a painter, Mark Stocker

Alan Pearson: His Life and art Denys Trussell, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $75 Biography is one thing and hagiography quite another. Sadly, Denys Trussell has failed to realise the difference in his readable, provocative but deeply flawed biography of the…
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Do they have talent?: they sure have chutzpah, Anne French

Between these Hills Vivienne Plumb (ed), Between these Hills Collective, Wellington, 1991 White Feathers: An Anthology of New Zealand and Pacific Island Poetry on the Theme of Peace Terry Locke, Peter Low and John Winslade (eds), Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991,…
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A lifelong acrimonious argument: portrait of Patrick White, A F Bellette

Patrick White: a Life David Marr, Cape, London, 1991, $49.95 In future each issue will contain at least one review of an important book published outside New Zealand. Here A F Bellette reviews the first biography of Australia’s perhaps greatest…
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Poetic accomplishments, Peter Simpson

Waiting Shelter Jenny Bornholdt, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1991, $17.95 Angle of Repose Jean Lonie, Te Taa Haeretahi/ The Hand-in-Hand Press, Wellington, 1991 Making Tracks: A Selected 50 Poems Sam Hunt, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $14.95 Breeze Bob Orr, Auckland…
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On top of Mount Cook: women’s worlds, Shelagh Duckham Cox

The Book of New Zealand Women: Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa Charlotte Macdonald, Merimeri Penfold and Bridget Williams (eds), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $45 You could start to read The Book of New Zealand Women at the beginning and…
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Letters – Issue 4

Bringing on the bovver boys? The theme of your brief piece in the first issue of New Zealand books, justifying the publication, was that books were an undervalued cultural asset. Mention is made of designers and publishers, but not authors…
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Editorial – Issue 4

This issue reflects the intense activity of women as writers, publishers, painters and participants in every conceivable activity from those presented in The Book of New Zealand Women to a lively figure of an earlier age, Lady Barker, whose classic…
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