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No ordinary son, Janet Hunt and Michael Morrissey

Biographer Janet Hunt and writer Michael Morrissey attend Hone Tuwhare’s tangi.   In death, seen obliquely as he lay on the satin bed of his coffin, he was not himself. Oh, it was Tuwhare all right: there was the familiar…
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Hymns, history and haemorrhoids, Janet Hughes

Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty Ian Wedde Auckland University Press, $22.00, ISBN 1869403495 Afternoon of an Evening Train Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $21.99, ISBN 9864735014 Oooooo…..!!! Hone Tuwhare Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877338699 Footfall Brian Turner Godwit,…
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Botrytised emotion, John Huria

Piggy-back Moon Hone Tuwhare Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 1869620771 Hone Tuwhare’s thirteenth collection is the result of his time as Te Mata Estate poet laureate. It isn’t his most consistent vintage, and I have some reservations about a corked poem or…
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He waka kua eke, Juliet Raven

Deep River Talk: Collected Poems Hone Tuwhare, Godwit, $49.95 hbk, $29.95 pbk Hone Tuwhare’s Collected Poems, drawn from eight previous volumes of poetry, spans thirty years of writing. This in itself represents a problem for the reviewer. There is something…
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Spareness and generosity, Bill Sewell

Milky Way Bar Bill Manhire, Victoria University Press, 1991, $16.95 Short Back and Sideways: Poems and Prose Hone Tuwhare, Godwit, 1992, $19.95 It would be hard to imagine two poets as different as Bill Manhire and Hone Tuwhare. Both are…
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Poem — Hone Tuwhare

Shadow   Implicit above all and as pervasive as the Duende of Federico Garcia Lorca is the sense that I must tread the liveliest and loneliest of measures on my way to Rarohenga cocking a snook at the shadow of…
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