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Fragments of possible worlds, David Gregory

Fourteen Reasons for Writing Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 18877270080 It may not possess the weight of historical significance of The Kennedy Question, but I asked myself, “where were you when Kevin Ireland’s first book of poetry (Face to…
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The amazonian element, Diane Hebley

The Apple Tree and other stories Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $29.95, ISBN 0908783469 Scarface Claw Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783620 Baby Bumble and the Sock Pirates Vivienne Joseph, illustrated by Ruth Paul Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783507 Nanny…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Editorial – Issue 51

All in the same nest The Germans have a word for it: Nestbeschmutzung. It literally means “fouling the nest”, but it has a more general meaning of “putting down your own kind”. This is in effect what Rosemary McLeod did…
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“Bugger the dragonflies”, Bernard Carpinter

Shirker Chad Taylor Allen & Unwin, $35, ISBN 0862419026 A defenestration (nice word, eh?) makes an arresting beginning to Chad Taylor’s third novel. Especially as the defenestree is the narrator. Just how Ellerslie Penrose came to be flying out of…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Letters – Issue 51

Biography and ventriloquism It is not normally my practice to reply to reviews or reviewers: authors have their say in books, then reviewers have theirs in reviews. The danger in not replying to wrong-headed comments, however, is that readers imagine…
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Subliminal euphonies, Cilla McQueen

Realia  Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734204   deep down musical hearts beat for no reason no apparent reason (“Beats”)   I like the sound of Kate Camp. She has an ear for a harmonic beat within the…
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Issue 51 | December 2001

  Volume 11 | Number 5 | Issue 51 | December 2001 Dale Williams: John McCrystal, The Cars We Loved; John Bluck, Killing Us Softly: The Kiwi Culture of  Complaint; Richard Wolfe and Stephen Barnett,  Kiwiana! The Sequel Editorial Correspondence…
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Laughter in the dark, Terry Locke

No Joke  Mark Pirie Sudden Valley Press, $22.95, ISBN 0958209103 Excuse me, would you mind putting me on to Mark Pirie… if that’s his real name. Oh, it is? Yes, thank you. Look, Mark, I thought you might like some…
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Stone upon stone, David Eggleton

Collected Poems 1967-1999 Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, ISBN 086473411 (paperback), $34.95 ISBN 0864734212 (hardback) $49.95 In this Collected Poems, the private universe of Bill Manhire is made readily available to his ever-increasing audience. But it may take years and…
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Pulling no punches, Sue Court

Music in New Zealand: A Reader from the 1940s ed Allan Thomas University of Canterbury School of Music, $25, ISBN 090871808X What does an anthology of source readings, soberly titled Music in New Zealand: A Reader from the 1940s have…
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