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Poem – Cilla McQueen

Warp   I couldn’t hear myself think when the storm came over and the roof became a giant drum. Thunder rocked the house. Capricious lightning reached a finger into my computer, knocked out the modem and set the date back…
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Down memory lane, Bernadette Hall

Axis: Poems & Drawings Cilla McQueen Otago University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877276065 The Sky’s Enormous Jug Jan Kemp Puriri Press, $24.00, ISBN 0908943199 Stairdancing Janet Hughes Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877159077 It was a rather odd experience writing this particular…
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Squeezing the juice out of language, Cilla McQueen

Lemon James Brown Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 374 7 Winter I Was Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 375 5 Poetry could turn out to be a favoured literary form in the 21st century,…
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Hello to Berlin, Cilla McQueen

New Zealand writers abroad A German visitor to the Berlin Colloquium held in Wellington in August mentioned that she felt so “far away” that the New Zealand television news seemed to have little relevance. Far away from where? I wondered,…
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A hard-won magic, Elizabeth Crayford

Markings Cilla McQueen Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877133922   Not long after Cilla McQueen moved to her new address on Liffey St, Bluff, she booked a place on a tour of the Tiwai aluminium smelter, the chimney of which…
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No ordinary poet, Cilla McQueen

Hone Tuwhare. A Biography Janet Hunt Godwit, $49.95, ISBN l 86962 035 6 Tuwhare’s is a Maori voice. A master and lover of his second language, English, he revels in its ample dimensions, exploits its flexibility and universality, questions its…
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Bill Sewell: Subtracting the magic

Crik’ey: New and Selected Poems 1978‑1994 Cilla McQueen John McIndoe, $19.95 It is just 12 years since Cilla McQueen burst into the literary world with her collection Homing In. In that time she has published five volumes of poetry, of…
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