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Twenty-five women spanning two generations, Rosemary du Plessis

Minding Children: Managing Men: Conflict and Compromise in the Lives of Postwar Pakeha Women Helen May, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1992, $34.95 Did Pakeha women after the Second World War happily retreat into their home – tying on their aprons,…
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Poem — Michael Harlow

No problem, but not easy   This is the Green Man He lives at the corner of Hello Street and Goodbye. He lives in a house. Alchemy House. When you stand close to him He is surely a man, you…
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1992’s reviewer of the year and the best review pages, Fiona Kidman

We are delighted to be able to publish a condensed version of Fiona Kidman’s invaluable report on the 1992 competitions: Having been both reviewer and reviewed over many years, I have a fair idea of the importance of reviews, rejoicing…
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Recurring images from diverse sources, Charles Croot

From The Word Go Murray Edmond, Auckland University Press, 1992, $16.95 Small Stories of Devotion Dinah Hawken, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1991, $19.95 Murray Edmond’s fifth collection is an uneven performance. This poet’s strength lies in his powers of observation…
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June 1992: Music and the arts, House Notes

The Great New Zealand Songbook Les Cleveland, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Les Cleveland’s friendly and informal approach illuminates this collection of 60 New Zealand songs from early ballads to goldrush classics and Ruru Karaitiana’s ‘Blue Smoke’. An excellent introduction is…
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Poets from the Hazard Press and AUP, Max Anderson

In the First Place David Howard, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992, $19.95 Slow Passes Alan Brunton, Auckland University Press, 1991, $24.95 Karitane Postcards Rob Allan, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992, $19.95 Return to the Earth Graham Lindsay, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992, $19.95…
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Light on a left-wing cultural movement, Erik Olssen

A Popular Vision: The Arts and the Left in New Zealand 1930-1950 Rachel Barrowman, Victoria University Press, 1991, $34.95 Rachel Barrowman has written a well-crafted study of ‘a left-wing cultural movement which was contemporaneous with, and in important ways related…
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Three assured poets, Janet Wilson

Wakeful Nights: Poems Selected and New Fiona Kidman, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 New and Selected Poems Lauris Edmond, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Time Zones Fleur Adcock, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 In their range and assurance these…
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Eileen Mayo, Painter/ Designer, J M Thomson

Eileen Mayo, Painter/ Designer National Library of New Zealand, PO Box 1467, Wellington, $29.70 The inspiriting exhibition of Eileen Mayo’s work in the National Library Gallery is matched by this impeccably produced and stylish catalogue, which faithful to its subject…
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Editorial — Issue 5

J M Thomson: The longevity of books Sixty-six publications are reviewed in this issue, some by necessity at shorter length, and a number of others are mentioned elsewhere in articles such as Ron Palenski’s survey of sports writing in New…
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