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Editorial – Issue 37

Peons in the literary plantations Philip Temple The Literature section of  “Employment in the Cultural Sector”, published last year by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Statistics New Zealand, tells us that full-time authors are earning an average of almost…
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Careless of landfall, Roger Robinson

Selected Poems Peter Bland Carcanet, $40.00 (approx), ISBN 1 85754 357 2 A Selected Poems published in the UK by Carcanet is a statement from a usually reliable source that the poet is worth considering seriously and reading in some…
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More realist than feminist, Lawrence Jones

The Best of Fiona Kidman’s Short Stories Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 350 4 Some years ago I was judge for the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Awards, and one of the best stories entered, one that made my…
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The emptiness within, Heather Murray

The Lonely Margins of the Sea Shonagh Koea Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 348 2 On the lonely margins of society, Shonagh Koea’s women conduct their lives. It is a rich territory evidently, for after five novels and two volumes…
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Tickled and moved, Peter Vere-Jones

Under the Bridge & Over the Moon Kevin Ireland Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 363 6 bums on seats: The Backstage Story Roger Hall Penguin, $44.95, ISBN 0 670 88366 2 What makes a writer?  As requested, I read these…
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Out of the war zone, Pat Gilberd

When Parents Part How Kids Adapt: What Hurts What Heals  Rhonda Pritchard Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 027790 0 When It’s Over: When a Relationship ends: New Zealanders talk about their experience of separation and divorce Michaelanne Forster Penguin, $24.95,…
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Public postures, private lives, Erik Olssen

Waiting for the Revolution James Edwards David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 51 0 Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes   ed Tom Bramble Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86374 344 5 When I was an undergraduate…
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Touched by an angel, Linda Burgess 

The Vintner’s Luck  Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 342 9 Put up your hand if you don’t know that Elizabeth Knox was delirious with a combination of fever and exhaustion, had a dream that lasted days,…
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Poem – Jan Hutchison

The long sleep is over when this child comes to stay. The house thinks spring is here for ever. It stretches its arms out to the sky and windows and doors breathe gulps of rushing air. You can hear the…
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Willow pattern poetry, Mark Pirie

A Kind of Kingdom James Norcliffe Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 351 8 James Norcliffe lives in Christchurch – a place that has, in 
 recent years, become a hive of poetic activity. Its pub-lishers such as Sudden Valley…
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