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Poem – Elizabeth Smither

A death and a marriage in one day I put on a huge black hat which looks out of place as if I’m in fin de siècle Paris leaning on a white tablecloth. All those black and white stripes surely…
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On the side of life, David Hill

Dare, Truth or Promise Paula Boock Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 8771 35 08 9 The Family Album Helen Beaglehole Cape Catley, $1 6.95, ISBN 0 908561 58 X The Whole of the Moon Duncan Stuart Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 8771…
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Putting in the bits the author forgets, Lesley Moyes

Beaten by a Balloon Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jonathan Allan Hamish Hamilton, $29.95, ISBN 0 241 13 778 0 The Bump Joy Cowley, illustrated by Linda McClelland Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1 86943 345 9 Nicketty-Nacketty Noo-Noo-Noo Joy Cowley, illustrated by…
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Graphic transitions, Elva Bett

Flowers into Landscape – Margaret Stoddart 1865-1934 Julie King Hazard Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877161 13 6 Jane Evans John Coley Hazard Press, $49.95, ISBN 1 877161 16 0 Flowers into Landscape – Margaret Stoddart 1865-1934 is a scholarly treatise,…
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Silene, Silybum and Stinkwood, Susan Budd

Pick of the Bunch: New Zealand Wildflowers Peter Johnson Longacre Press, $49.95, ISBN 1 877135 06 2 As the title suggests, Peter Johnson’s is an idiosyncratic choice of New Zealand’s wildflowers, which include approximately 2100 native flowering plants and 1800…
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The mantle of a prophet? Mason Durie

Landmarks, Bridges and Visions: Aspects of Maori Culture Sidney Moko Mead Victoria University Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 86473317 8 Landmarks, Bridges and Visions is all of those things – and more. Hirini Mead has reproduced 26 essays in a single…
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Mary, Marist, Catholic and Kiwis, Paul Morris

God‘s Farthest Outpost: A History of Catholics in New Zealand Michael King Viking, $49.95 ISBN 0 67087 652 6 Church in the World: Statements on Social issues 1979-1997 by New Zealand Catholic Bishops, compiled by Chris Orsman and Peter Zwart…
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Comment, Mary Varnham

Restrained discourse in a windowless room: Writers and Readers Week 1998 The literary stars have come out. The firmament crackles with dramatic disclosure. Questioners leap to their feet, arguing electrifyingly for wild and esoteric points of view. There are young…
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Poem – James Norcliffe

dog days they would lie out of the sun, separately panting pelts deep under cars or cloistered, if they dared, under deserted verandahs or car-ports their heads would swivel lazily without focus or interest, now at night they gather into…
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