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Poem — Graham Lindsay

Hospital in Kabul Girl with heavily bandaged right knee and bandages on the left leg down to her calf, beyond which nothing stares stricken-eyed. No one breaks the tableau nurse, doctor or member of the camera crew to rescue her…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Seacorn For Bob Orr, who knows that coast   You sent me down for sea‑corn deep among the rocks below the jetty ‑ It’s a delicacy, you said. Pick one of three. At the bach we found the water off,…
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Poem — Harry Ricketts

A literary history R A K Mason The problem with being a poet in New Zealand is: how do you show it? No one wants a lone crag, or Christ on the swag. But I’m going to be famous, I…
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Different qualities, Charles Croot

Ornamental Gorse Chris Orsman Victoria University Press, $19.95 The Persistent Levitator Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $19.95 Honeypants Lynda Earle Auckland University Press, $19.95 Black Family Letters from Boston L E Scott Blue Black Press / Bent Publishing, $15.95 What…
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Contributing to the tribal record, Jane McRae

Kati au i konei compiled by Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal Huia Publishers, $24.95 This book contains texts, translations and explanatory notes for 15 waiata from Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Raukawa. It is written in Maori and English, illustrated with photographs…
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Better at a distance, Gerry Webb

My History, I think Stevan Eldred‑Grigg Penguin Books, $29.95 “Neither autobiography nor yet fiction, this fascinating document traces the workings inside the mind of a leading writer”, says the blurb. The sad fact is that the workings of this writer’s…
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Skin and bones, Tom Beard

Skinning a Fish Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $19.95 The cover illustration ‑ a cold blue etching of a grotesque deep‑sea fish screwed to a ragged knife ‑ is a spare and disturbing image that hints at a hard edge to…
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Letters – Issue 16

Easing Jane Stafford’s panic For the past 25 to 30 years some of “us”, that is, writers who have generally been considered to be working somewhere on the margins of New Zealand literature, have been on the receiving end of…
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Editorial – Issue 16

Colin James: Best wishes New Zealand Books wishes readers the best for Christmas, New Year and 1995. As a result of developments over the past few weeks New Zealand Books confidently looks forward to publishing five issues in 1995, as…
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Issue 16 | December 1994

Volume 4 | Number 4 | Issue 16 | December 1994 Editorial Letters Judith Holloway: Jack Lasenby, Dead Men’s Head Heather Murray: Marilyn Duckworth, A Barbarous Tongue; Fooling Kim Worthington: Linda Burgess, Between Friends; Cathie Dunsford, Cowrie; Annamarie Jagose, In…
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