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Raw edges of wonder, Janet Hughes

The Hill of Wool Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736529   Thicket Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9871869404826   Aloe Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 98718669404413   The Leaf Ride Dinah Hawken Victoria University…
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Peeling away from the margins Janet Wilson

Red Leaves Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $22.95, ISBN 1869403460 Fire-penny Cilla McQueen University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877372066 Resistance Meg Campbell Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $16.95, ISBN 1869420578 This bouquet of verse demonstrates the flourishing talent of…
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The new restlessness, Sarah Quigley

Settler Dreaming Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734247 Porcelain Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402642 The death of Alan Curnow last year seemed to call for some kind of reassessment of our national poetry, and some…
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More than a decent splash, Diana Bridge

Carnival of New Zealand Creatures Lauris Edmond Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473073188 I’ll Tell You This Much Vincent O’Sullivan Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 047306345X Avalanche  Vivienne Plumb Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473067056 Plunge Harry Ricketts Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473076306…
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Another country, another time, Diana Bridge

Palaces in the Sky: a year among Tibetans Ted Reynolds Godwit Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 1 86962 000 3 You’re a Brave Man: a Kiwi odyssey in the Himalayas Elizabeth Harding Random House, $27.95, ISBN 1 86941 302 4 Ted Reynolds’…
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Poem — Diana Bridge

Chrysanthemum I’m talking to the white bunched head of a chrysanthemum when you arrive. The way the sunlight lops off half its hair is less of a mystery than you, leaning against sandstone, bisected by the string under your shirt.…
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Being elsewhere, Janet Hughes

Landscape with Lines Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 1869401522 Antipodes Michael Jackson Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 1869401581 Surprising the Slug Bernard Brown Cape Catley, $17.95 ISBN 0 908561504 Celebrating Stones Nadine LaHatte Puriri Press, $25.00 ISBN 0…
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Hyde and seeking China, Diana Bridge

New Zealand Women in China Tom Newnham Graphic Publications, $19.95 ISBN 0473030055 The title of Tom Newnham’s book, New Zealand Women in China, comes in the colours of the Chinese flag. The subtext is provided by Rewi Alley: “Unsung Kiwi…
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An offshore voice, Diana Bridge

In March this year Diana Bridge gave a talk at a Commonwealth studies conference at the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur in India. The talk was “an attempt to let an interested but undernourished academic audience hear some of our…
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