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Desperate lives, Heidi Van de Veire

The Idles Damien Wilkins, Victoria University Press, $19.95 Damien Wilkins’ first collection of poems strikes me as commentaries on snapshots, arranged in three photo albums. The first section has pictures of a father in ill-fitting togs who (God knows why…
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Transforming the Beehive? Naomi Diachuk and Brenda Cutress

Naomi Diachuk’s and Brenda Cutress’s reviews portray Parliament as an institution that is reluctant to change.   Naomi Diachuk Making Policy, Not Tea: Women in Parliament Arthur Baysting, Dyan Campbell and Margaret Dagg (eds), Oxford University Press, $29.95 ‘Walking into…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Letters – Issue 10

Review gives too much away I was grateful I had read Maurice Gee’s Going West before I read Elizabeth Smither’s review. One of the many fine things about the novel was Gee’s skilful withholding of major events, but most of…
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Language listening to itself, Peter Crisp

The Drummer Ian Wedde, Auckland University Press, $18.95 The poem is a place where language listens to itself. Often it can be an occasion for acute soundings, where nods and glances tug at every cadence. Poetry today can be edgy…
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Volume marred by lack of critical analysis, Ruth Butterworth

Claiming the Law: Essays by New Zealand Women in Celebration of the 1993 Suffrage Centennial Elisabeth McDonald and Graeme Austin (eds), Victoria University Press, $29.95 I was brought up in a matriarchy, educated at a girls’ school by confident women…
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Editorial – Issue 10

Paula Wagemaker: ‘Celebrating the Past, Challenging the Future’   We live in an age of slogans – quick statements dreamed up to promote an idea, sell a product, launch a campaign. Most are glib and irritating, but some, like certain…
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Strong collection from young poets, Rachel Bush

Sevensome Vivienne Plumb and Paola Bilbrough (eds), Calliope Press, $13.00 Seven women, young enough to be able to use a word like ‘km’ comfortably and all of them talented, combined to publish this book. When I first read it, a…
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Real‑life stories? Laura Kroetsch

Other Voices 3: Lifestories Ruth and Oz Kraus (eds), Brick Row/ Hallard Press, $19.95 Other Voices 3: Lifestories is one of those books you read and, midway through the page, stop, grab the phone and call anyone you can. It…
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Issue 10 | Spring 1993

  Volume 3 | Number 2 | Issue 10 | Spring 1993 Paula Wagemaker: “Celebrating the Past, Challenging the Future” Letters Margot Roth: Anne Else (ed), Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations – Nga Ropu Wahine o te Motu…
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Lost voices and parodic games, Harry Ricketts

Gipsy: A Fictional Sequence of Poems Kathleen Gallagher, Nag’s Head Press, $22.50 This is an unusual book, not least because it is so handsome an artefact. Hardbound, beautifully produced, illustrated with evocative linocuts by David Nepia, Gipsy is not the…
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