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Poem – Allen Curnow

A Raised Voice Let it be Sunday and the alp-high summer gale gusting to fifty miles. Windmills groan in disbelief, the giant in the pulpit enjoys his own credible scale, stands twelve feet ‘clothed in fine linen’ visibly white from…
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Consecrating Curnow, Simon During

Allen Curnow: Simply by Sailing in a New Direction Terry Sturm (Linda Cassells (ed)) Auckland University Press, $70.00, ISBN 9781869408527, Allen Curnow’s first book, Valley of Decision, appeared as a “Phoenix Miscellany” under the Auckland University College Students’ Association Press…
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Comment: At the Robert Lord cottage

Novelist and memoirist Elspeth Sandys reflects on her recent residency I am a cottage-phile. The very word cottage starts bells chiming in my head, church bells probably, since the words that come to me are Robert Browning’s “God’s in his…
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Editorial – Issue 121

Readership survey results We have been asking ourselves some questions lately, about how we can change and improve to meet the changing expectations of our readers. The answer to questions relating to format and appearance were obvious – the journal…
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A story of story-telling, Miriam Meyerhoff

The Truth About Language: What it is and where it came from  Michael C Corballis Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408633 Many people have remarked that, more than language itself, how we use language is what sets humans apart from…
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Championing indigenous art histories, Stella Ramage

Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki Conal McCarthy and Mark Stocker (eds) Victoria University Press, $80.00, ISBN 9781776561094 The Gedenkschrift – essays by colleagues collected in posthumous commemoration of an esteemed academic – is an…
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“An area of increasing need”, Sylvan Thomson

Representing Trans: Linguistic, Legal and Everyday Perspectives  Evan Hazenberg and Miriam Meyerhoff (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561759   The day before this review was due, my mother messaged me to say that she had heard an interview on…
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A bizarre, but very New Zealand, world, Jonathan Lane

Daughter of Gloriavale: My Life in a Religious Cult Lilia Tarawa Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781760631499 Lilia Tarawa’s memoir, Daughter of Gloriavale, paints her childhood somewhere between an idyllic summer camp in the country and the winged bonnets and…
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Radiant living: a hero rediscovered, Julia Millen

Edmund Hillary: A Biography Michael Gill Potton and Burton, $60.00, ISBN 9780947503383   1953: Edmund Hillary, Everest conqueror (with Tenzing Norgay), is knighted by newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II. From the time he climbed his first peak in the Southern Alps,…
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Peacetime at last, Helen Watson White

Astride a Fierce Wind Huberta Hellendoorn Submarine, $38.00, ISBN 9780473395216 Writing in retirement in the small Dunedin apartment she shares with her husband Bart, Huberta Hellendoorn characteristically uses a domestic metaphor to describe her ever-changing experience: The revolving dryer reminds…
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