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Slurries of history, Hugh Roberts

The Year of Adverbs Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $14.95,  ISBN 9781869403942  Just Poetry Alistair Te Ariki Campbell HeadworX, $19.99, ISBN 9780473124982 The Pop-up Book of Invasions Fiona Farrell Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9781869403881 Villon in Millerton James Norcliffe…
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Braided narratives, Stephen Harris

Different Kinds of Pleasure Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 014302065X My Name Was Judas C K Stead Harvill Secker, $28.00, ISBN 9781846550126 Elizabeth Smither is adept at sounding the depths of the seemingly incidental moment or quotidian encounter. Laura Bening,…
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Poem – Elizabeth Smither

Carol’s eggs   Each girl child contains her eggs. Carol keeps under her bed one dozen in a carton, safe from plundering friends and flatmates. Eggs make a meal, a girl is eggs. Poached or scrambled, eggs are quick. In…
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Swamp thing, Elizabeth Smither

Elizabeth Smither seeks out A Girl of the Limberlost. I can still remember my fear of the swamp. Was it because of The Hound of the Baskervilles? But A Girl of the Limberlost held a deeper kind of fear when…
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Fingerprints over everything, Lawrence Jones

Red Shoes Elizabeth Smither Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 18569621034 The Sea Between Us Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018590 Reviewing You’re Very Seductive William Carlos Williams 25 years ago, Lauris Edmond complained that in the poems we did not “feel that…
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Poem – Elizabeth Smither

Singing in the rain   I am caught at the bus stop like Gene Kelly only I have an umbrella. Only two days before I said to someone we miss all those good experiences: getting drenched and here is my…
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Poem – Elizabeth Smither

The Oxford comma   A little knot of writers at a prize-giving ceremony, standing uncertainly, looking at the stage and the side table with scrolls and envelopes containing magical cheques, we discuss to show erudition and hide fear the Oxford…
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Still in the ascendant, Anne French

The Lark Quartet Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 216 2 Now here’s a curious thing. The Elizabeth Smither who burst fully formed out of the New Zealand literary forehead 25 years ago, back in 1975, turns…
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Poem – Elizabeth Smither

The moon “If you have time tonight” says the TV hostess “Look at the moon. It’s full and particularly beautiful.” So I do. After preparing a meal and washing the dishes, settling myself for evening I pay a call from…
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Poem – Elizabeth Smither

A dentist’s view of heaven   No drill, no syringes, no mouth washes no cotton padding like tiny bolsters no excavating a tooth like a collapsed house in which at the bottom remains like a family safe in a doodlebug…
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