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Issue 14 | August 1994

Volume 4 | Number 2 | Issue 14 | August 1994 Letters Nicholas Reid: Lloyd Geering, Tomorrow’s God Feature essays: J K Baxter retrospective Fleur Adcock: ‘Wielding the jawbone of an ass’ Tom Beard: ‘More than the myth he became’

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An inflated importance, John McBeth

Live from the Battlefield Peter Arnett Hodder & Stoughton, $49.95 Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Australia and Fleet Street were the beacons for every New Zealand journalist without a house full of kids or one of those painfully faithful

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An important work, Peter Tremewan

Te Wai Pounamu, The Greenstone lsland: A History of the Southern Maori during the European Colonisation of New Zealand Harry C Evison Aoraki Press (in association with Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board and Te Runanganui o Tahu), $58.95 A reading

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Puzzling over the best way to tell it, Kendrick Smithyman

The Singing Whakapapa C K Stead Penguin Books, $24.95 In February last year C K Stead spoke to the twenty-seventh Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association congress. He called his address “Narrativity, or the Birth of the Story” and published

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Letters – Issue 14

Making Haiku Charles Croot’s view that only a poem with 17 syllables in 5‑7‑5 form can qualify as a haiku led him to discount almost the entire content of the New Zealand Haiku Anthology in New Zealand Books Vol 4

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Tomorrow’s symbol, Nicholas Reid

Tomorrow’s God Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.95 Reading Lloyd Geering’s Tomorrow’s God, an anecdote about the late Orson Welles kept surfacing in my mind. Welles was doing the standard talk‑show interview when he decided to hold forth on religion.

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Wielding the jawbone of an ass, Fleur Adcock

I last saw Jim Baxter towards the end of 1962, eating steak and chips for lunch in a restaurant on Lambton Quay. I was about to leave for England, but not so imminently that I felt the need to make

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More than the myth he became, Tom Beard

I was four when Baxter died and living on the other side of the world. It seems that everyone here has a Baxter anecdote ‑ something along the lines of “I remember finding Jim passed out next to my letterbox”

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Trapped in the looking‑glass, Tessa Barringer

Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions Gina Mercer University of Otago Press, $29.95 In her discussion of Janet Frame’s tenth novel, Living in the Maniototo, Australian critic Gina Mercer suggests that “Frame sets up a fun parlour in which mirrors distort the

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Two out of four, Heather Murray

The Freedom Junkies Cliff Taylor Hazard Press, $24.95 The Age of Light Simon Wilson Penguin Books, $24.95 The Claim Sally Marshall Huia Publishers, $19.95 Jubilee Nepi Solomon Tandem Press, $19.95   Opening a novel by a new writer makes the

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