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Challenging, touching, persuading, Janet Hughes

How I Get Ready Ashleigh Young Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 978176562367 The Dangerous Country Of Love And Marriage Amy Leigh Wicks Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408978 To The Occupant Emma Neale Otago University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781988531687 Judging…
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A swarm of poets, Airini Beautrais 

Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems Philip Temple and Emma Neale (eds) Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780947522469   New Zealand poetry in English has a long and complex tradition of politically-charged work: from colonial balladeers, through 20th-century heavyweights like Allen…
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“The push and pull of parenting”, Catriona Ferguson

Billy Bird Emma Neale Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770053 Emma Neale’s sixth novel, Billy Bird, probes the life of a troubled family – Liam, Iris and eight-year-old Billy. They are all reeling from a series of tragedies that have befallen their…
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Prodding the boundaries, Janet Hughes

Work  Sarah Jane Barnett, Hue & Cry Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473333331 Tender Machines  Emma Neale Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927322345 Soundings of Hellas  John Davidson Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN 9781927242957 Looking out to Sea Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $20.00,…
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As if shadows could whisper, Emma Neale

Dear Neil Roberts  Airini Beautrais Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739735 How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes  Chris Tse Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408183 Both collections under review here act as witness to politically charged historic…
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Poem — Emma Neale

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Green thoughts in green shades, Hugh Roberts

The Truth Garden Emma Neale Otago University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9781877578250 The Bengal Engine’s Mango Afterglow Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864737618 Warm Auditorium James Brown Victoria University Press, $28.00,  ISBN 9780864737649 From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden…
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Something nobody counted on, Murray Bramwell

Travesty  Mike Johnson (graphic art, Darren Sheehan) Titus Books, $39.00, ISBN 9781877441134   Fosterling Emma Neale Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869794859   Wulf Hamish Clayton Penguin Books, $30.00, ISBN 9780143206491   Like many futuristic nightmares, the naming of the nihilistic Gaia…
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Poem — Emma Neale

Satellite Our six-year-old watches me dress as we talk about the planets, where rockets have landed, where people can’t go, how the surface of some distant Earth is unknowable at the moment and he frowns and stares with a mathematician’s…
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Words for music perhaps, Emma Neale

Museum of Lost Days Raewyn Alexander Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00,  ISBN 9781869421045 My Iron Spine Helen Rickerby HeadworX, $24.99, ISBN 9780473135966 Beauty of the Badlands Cliff Fell Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735836 Get Some Sonja Yelich Auckland…
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