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A new cultural security? Kim Worthington  

Some Other Country: New Zealand’s Best Short Stories third edition ed Marion McLeod and Bill Manhire Bridget Williams Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 908912 92 7 Huia Short Stories ed Anonymous Huia Publishers, $24.95, ISBN 0 908975 16 3 Joy Cowley:…
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Very carefully sidelong postmodernism, Lydia Wevers

Songs Of My Life Bill Manhire Godwit Publishing, $24.95, ISBN 0 99008877 82 x I don’t think there’s any New Zealand writer who is as unanimously applauded as Bill Manhire. The inside cover of Songs of My Life is filled…
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Boxing the compass, David Eggleton

How Things Are Adrienne Jansen, Harry Ricketts, J C Sturm and Meg Campbell Whitireia Publishing and Daphne Brasell Press, $21.95 ISBN 0 958351341 four Damien Wilkins, Elizabeth Knox, Bill Manhire and Emily Perkins Published by the authors, no price given,…
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You cannot forget it, Tom Beard

Sheet Music: Poems 1967-1982   Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 3003 My Sunshine Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $19.95 ISBN 086473 2953 Touching on song The iconography of song has always been important in Manhire’s poetry and it…
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Who criticises the critics?, Lauris Edmond

Whole Men  Kai Jensen Auckland University Press 1996 $34.95 ISBN 186940145x A R D Fairburn Selected Poems  Mac Jackson (ed) Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 2937 Denis Glover Selected Poems  Bill Manhire (ed) Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473…
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Poem — Bill Manhire

Some screens   Japanese Pavillion Los Angeles County Museum Palace scene in downtown LA Palace scene in a snowy landscape, spring cherry, autumn maple. We stand for a while and watch the snow: the bridge at Uji crossing from spring…
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A variety of voices, Mark Williams

100 New Zealand Poems Bill Manhire (ed), Godwit, $29.95 Some years ago I edited a small anthology of New Zealand poetry. It was a truly hellish experience. Some poets wanted to know how much space had been given to rivals,…
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Spareness and generosity, Bill Sewell

Milky Way Bar Bill Manhire, Victoria University Press, 1991, $16.95 Short Back and Sideways: Poems and Prose Hone Tuwhare, Godwit, 1992, $19.95 It would be hard to imagine two poets as different as Bill Manhire and Hone Tuwhare. Both are…
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Two lively collections, Charles Croot

Soho Square IV Bill Manhire (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $39.95 Vital Writing 2, New Zealand Stories and Poems 1990-1 Andrew Mason (ed), Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Soho Square has developed a formula of lively writing from all over…
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