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Zigzags and jags, John Horrocks

Rhyming Planet David Eggleton Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877228567 Clearances Alan Riach Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 18772700705 Acetylene Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734190 David Eggleton, street entertainer, licensed to rave, appears in a surprisingly subdued pose on…
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Love and other animals, Susan Paris

Return to One Foot Island  Graeme Lay Penguin, $18.95, ISBN 0141313706 Peri Penelope Todd Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135658 Owl  Joanna Orwin Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877135585 50 Short Short Stories by Young New Zealanders  ed Graeme Lay Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN…
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To sing the last word, Janet Wilson

Oh There You Are Tui! New and Selected Poems Dinah Hawken Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN  0864734107 From the outset of her poetic career, one of the most promising debuts in recent New Zealand writing with It has No Sound…
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“These Russians”, Natasha Templeton

Katerina: The Russian World of Katherine Mansfield Joanna Woods Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143018051 Manhattan. The buildings of Columbia merge into midwinter murk. I enter a warm cave of bookshelves. In the beam of a desk lamp, Rufus W Mathewson is…
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Lagoon-level view, Martin Sutton

In Polynesia Antony Alpers Hazard Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877161802 For over forty years, Antony Alpers has given us books which all share as their main themes the diametrically opposed but often intersecting realms of myth and reality, fact and fiction.…
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Posted in History, Literature, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

People like us, Jane Westaway

Holy Days Joy Cowley Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0141004169 Breakwater Kate Duignan Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734174 Floating the Fish on Bamboo Adrienne Jansen HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503988 Domestic realism is the meat and potatoes of contemporary fiction. So it…
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The trouble with faith, Vivienne Jepsen

Heart of the Volcano Michael Morrissey Bookcaster Press, $20.00, ISBN 0473068443 Calling the Fish & Other Stories David Lyndon Brown Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276103 Michael Morrissey’s Heart of the Volcano is the entertaining tale of Grant, who seeks…
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Writing for the little pink babies, Helen Beaglehole

In the early 1990s, researchers interested in the construction Of gender dressed a number of small babies in a nursery randomly in blue or pink, so that some little girl babies were in blue and some little boy babies in…
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Like great sex only better, Robert Burgess

Gladiator: The Norm Hewitt Story Michael Laws Darius Press, $29.95, ISBN 0473078252 Loyal: The Todd Blackadder Story  Phil Gifford Hodder Moa Beckett, $44.95, ISBN 1869588924 Head tilted back, eye-balling you. Norm on the front cover, bold and proud. And so…
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Poem — Rae Varcoe

When considering euthanasia   First, you should own a wise physician friend, a young one, the kind who could find a needle in a brainstorm. If not, rent one. If you wish, consult a minister or priest. (For myself, I…
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