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Limbering up, Anne French

It could be You Sue McCauley Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86962 008 9 The Mathematics of Jane Austen Elizabeth Smither Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 317 2 Remember Me Linda Burgess Otago University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1 877 13335 3…
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Never mind the quality, Heather Murray

The Journal Box  Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $34.95 ISBN 1869401425 Long an admirer of Elizabeth Smither’s poetry and encouraged by a dustjacket claim that The Journal Box contains “marvellous pieces of writing … comparable in quality to the autobiographical…
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Flickers without the flame, Elizabeth Smither

Lust: stories from Australian and New Zealand writers Michael Gifkins (ed) Vintage, $24.95 ISBN 186941 2435 Of the seven deadly sins, most of us have a predilection for one or two. If two are combined, like sloth and gluttony, it…
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Four journals, Elizabeth Smither

What does it mean to have an ape in charge of a bar in Amsterdam? I read in my Journal of the 33rd Year. I am attending a seminar on French novelists: Gide, Camus, Maurois, Malraux, Mauriac. The lecturer, an…
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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

After intimate talk (for Viv) After intimate talk we come out into the night And drive towards a dark dramatic sky Down an avenue of orange lights. We pass A churchyard whose graves are milky white And trees made sombre,…
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Greater than the parts, Janet Wilson

Mr Fish and other stories Elizabeth Smither Macindoe, $24.95 Elizabeth Smither’s second collection of short fiction gathered from stories published in recent years, displays at first sight the unfussed, unfazable and whimsical qualities for which her poetry has often been…
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What gives it meaning? Anne French

The Tudor Style Elizabeth Smither, Auckland University Press, $19.95 Guardians, not Angels Stephen Oliver, Hazard Press, $19.95 Distances Rob Jackaman, Hazard Press, $19.95 Days Beside Water Gregory O’Brien, Auckland University Press, $19.95 Malachi Gregory O’Brien, Little Esther Books, $13.00, available…
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Gee Whizz, Elizabeth Smither

Going West Maurice Gee, Viking, 1992, $39.95 Rem tene, verba sequentur – I have it, like an archivist, on a filched catalogue card. For the novel: ‘Grasp the subject and the words will follow’. For the poem, the reverse: Verba…
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Can you believe what they say? New novels and recent history, John Needham:

Besides Myself Russell Haley Penguin, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Night at the Embassy Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, 1990, $24.95 Newlands Gary Langford Penguin, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Like a lot of middle-aged men, Midge, the out-of-work hero-narrator of Russell Haley’s latest…
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