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In command of his talent, Lydia Wevers

The Ballad of Fifty-one  Bill Sewell HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473092540 A couple of years ago I wrote a favourable review of Bill Sewell’s long poem Erebus (1999). He rang and thanked me after he read it; part of what he…
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Referencing the self, James Norcliffe

Storyteller  Simon Williamson HeadworX, $29.95, ISBN 0473086220 Boat People Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087456 Chantal’s Book  Jack Ross HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087448 Through his Wellington HeadworX publishing house Mark Pirie has become something of a phenomenon in recent years…
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Thinly sliced, Rebecca Lovell-Smith

the honey suckers Victoria McHalick HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503805 Extreme Weather Events Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473073870 These are slight books, two debut collections of New Zealand short fiction which, sandwiched between heavier weightier tomes, would scarcely be noticed.…
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Not simply red, Stephanie de Montalk

An Explanation of Poetry to my Father Glenn Colquhoun Steele Roberts, $14.95, ISBN 18877228443 Hats Jenny Powell-Chalmers HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473071487 Chrome Paula Green Auckland University Press, $22.95, ISBN 1869402405 Last year my husband’s Uncle Alec, a retired Edinburgh bricklayer,…
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More epic than lyric, Mary Macpherson

Earth Colours: Selected Poems L E Scott HeadworX, $24.95, ISBN 0473068036 Declamatory and full of urgent desire to thrust the reader into different realities, L E Scott’s poems stride across big subjects. Earth Colours reflects 30 years of Scott’s poems…
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Blues in the night, John Allison

Late Love Songs Rob Jackaman Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 1877161446 Music Therapy Peter Olds Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $17.95 ISBN 1869420233 Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000 Stephen Oliver HeadworX, $26.95, ISBN 0473073889 I’ve never written a locomotive poem; not…
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The traffic in perceptions, Janet Hughes

Talking Pictures: Selected Poems Riemke Ensing HeadworX, $26.95, ISBN 0473068044 The cover of Riemke Ensing’s latest collection sends mixed typographic signals. You read Selected Poems first, at the top; but it’s in italic, and grey, so it defers to the…
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Cultivating their own garden, Harvey McQueen

Dialectic of Mud  Richard Reeve Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 869402529 The Whole Forest  Nick Williamson Sudden Valley Press, $16.95, ISBN 095820912X Abstract Internal Furniture Helen Rickerby HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473078570 Most New Zealand poetry is a private garden. The…
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Form and dysfunction, Laurence Jenkins

The Ambush John Parkyn Quoin Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 877163 23 6 The Diary as a Positive in Female Adult Behaviour Vivienne Plumb HeadworX, $16.95, ISBN 0 473 06342 5 baby, is this wonderland? Jeanne Bernhardt HeadworX, $24.95, ISBN 0…
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Trusting the peripheral vision, John Allison

Unmanned Stephen Oliver HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0 473 05753 0 Pingandy Harvey McQueen HeadworX, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 05752 2 Drought and other intimacies Pat White Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1 877228 15 X On surveying trips, my father taught…
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