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Poem — Brian Turner

Thinking of you   I found a note you’d written to me too many years ago. You said Good luck whatever you choose to do and, later, It makes no sense to me when referring to something someone else had…
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A sense of completeness, John O’Connor

Gallipoli & Other Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877159 08 5 In 1971 I wandered into a Christchurch bookshop and asked for the poems of Ezra “Pond”. I was doing UE at night tech; someone…
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Stead among the Romans, John Davidson

The Right Thing C K Stead Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 221 9   On the dust jacket of his 1972 collection Crossing the Bar can be read the words: “C K Stead is not a prolific poet; …
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Less than the bare facts, Jane Tolerton

Freda Stark: Her Extraordinary Life Dianne Haworth and Diane Miller HarperCollins, $39.95, ISBN 1 86950 352 X The dramatic moment of Freda Stark: Her Extraordinary Life comes at the end of the second chapter when Thelma, Freda’s friend and lover,…
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Great expectations, John McCrystal

The Dream of Nikau Jam  Peter Hawes Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 421 7 The Craymore Affair Kevin Ireland Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 426 8 One of the great fears among actors is being typecast, bound up in the…
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Patchwork, Deborah Montgomerie

Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History  ed Bronwyn Dalley and Bronwyn Labrum Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 185 9 Fragments bills itself as a step towards a Brave New World of sophisticated histories of New Zealand life,…
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Sporting chances, Russell Marshall

Sport, Society and Culture ed Brad Patterson Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 06403 0   It is extraordinary, to say the least, that sport and academe in New Zealand have squared off against each…
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Editorial — Issue 45

Annus mirabilis for poetry This issue includes reviews of collections by five of our major poets – Lauris Edmond, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, C K Stead, Jenny Bornholdt and Andrew Johnston. While this might seem an unusually generous allocation, in…
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Horse whispering, Joan de Hamel

Shadrach Girl Joy Cowley Puffin, $15.95, ISBN 0 14 130899 0 On my eighth birthday I was given a book from a French friend of my parents. It was beautifully bound in pink, with gold lettering, a French children’s classic…
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Myths and statistics, Bernard Robertson

Crime in New Zealand Greg Newbold Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86469 348 6 This is only the second proper survey and consideration of criminal statistics in New Zealand, the first being Crime and Deviance published in 1992 by the…
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