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Wry observations, Alison Parr

Kapiti Poems Five Rawhiti Press, Pukerua Bay, 1990, $15 Archipelago, The Ocean Soliloquies Denys Trussell, Hudson/ Cresset Publishing, Auckland, 1991, $17.95 Mikrokosmos Koenraad Kuiper, One Eyed Press, Waikanae, 1990, $15 Kapiti Poems Five is a sturdy collection stemming largely from…
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A pre-occupation with family, Ronda Cooper

Swimmers, Dancers Michelle Leggott, Auckland University Press, 1991, $16.95 The Other Hemisphere Jan Kemp, Three Continents Press/ Brick Row Publishing, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Orpheus and other poems Meg Campbell, Te Kotare Press, Pukerua Bay, 1990, $15.95 Michelle Leggott’s second collection…
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A poetic resurgence, Tony Beyer

An Open Return Alan Riach, Untold Books, Wellington, 1991, $23 Paper Boats Peter Bland, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 The Man of Paradise Denys Trussell, Hudson/ Cresset, Auckland, (distrib Brick Row Publishers. PO Box 100-057, Auckland 10), 1991, $17.95 The…
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Memories, dreams and idealisations, Emma Neale

Holy Terrors and Other Stories Amelia Batistich, Vintage Books, Random Century Group, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 How to belong, and where to find ‘home’, are the obsessions which unite the stories in this collection. These can tip over into a vivid…
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Publisher profiles 1, October 1991

A bird in flight: The Godwit Press In the back garden of a Mount Eden home lies the office of one of the newest of publishing houses, the Godwit Press, set up by Jane Connor and Andrew Campbell in 1990,…
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Creative use of language, Ken Arvidson

Selected Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Patricia Grace’s first two volumes of short stories, Waiariki (1975) and The Dream Sleepers (1980), and her first novel Mutuwhenua (1978), all contained glossaries giving the English meanings of the Maori…
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What to do with stranded whales, Stephanie Edmond

The Wildtrack Book Donna Bryant, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $12.95 Did you know that people eat more sharks than sharks eat people? Or that the killer whale is neither a killer nor a whale, but a dolphin? Or that…
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Determined industry? Andrew Mason

Foreigners Mike Johnson, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Distortions John Connor, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Man with Two Arms and other Stories Norman Bilbrough, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Lie of the Land Michael Henderson, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $19.95…
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Addressing the crystal ball, Ben Gray

Unsettled Outlook, New Zealand in a Greenhouse World Matt McGlone, Tom Clarkson and Blair Fitzharris GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Historical Taranaki: An Archaeological Guide Nigel Prickett, GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 The ‘Greenhouse effect’ has entered our vocabulary. Most…
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Diverse enjoyable strands, Heather Roberts

A Population of One Alice Glenday, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Peace Monster John Smythe, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The Widowhood of Jacki Bates Frances Cherry, New Women’s Press, Auckland 1991, $19.95 Strained Relations Gaelyn Gordon, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95…
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