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The “Frame effect”, Patrick Evans

The most famous of Janet Frame’s poems is probably the one about the little boy dying of leukaemia, “Yet Another Poem About a Dying Child”, which ends with the appearance of Death as a giant spider which gobbles the child…
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A slippery no-man, Owen Marshall

Enduring legacy – Charles Brasch, patron, poet and collector (ed) Donald Kerr University of Otago Press in association with University of Otago Library, $39.95, ISBN 1877276650 Several years ago at a reunion of those who had held Otago University’s Robert…
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Poem — C K Stead

Takapuna (Janet Frame 1924-2004)   So, old friend, you’ve come to it at last (Ron Mason’s line, and now an echo of Yeats!). How does it feel to feel nothing? No one will ask you to read, no unmarked sheet…
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Poem — Gregory O’Brien

Dominion    From the morning’s politicians as they are delivered unto us shrink-wrapped and bouncing across the lawns of Hataitai deliver us, o lord—from the brash and unhumble who fall face-first, and whom daily we extract from mulch and puddle,…
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Poem — Jan Kemp

Staunch (i.m. Michael King 1945 – 2004 & Maria Jungowska 1949 – 2004)   I’d have wished you a gentler death in keeping with generosity & deft, liquid speech, yours of right, Michael, not this bizarre fireballing out, though your…
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Satiric barbs and Danish cross-stitch, Margot Schwass

Change of heart Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $27.95, ISBN 0864734662 yet another ghastly christmas Shonagh Koea Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 186941568X These new novels by Barbara Anderson and Shonagh Koea sit comfortably together, like well-chosen china teacups. Their worlds have…
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What’s on the menu, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Songs from the Violet Café Fiona Kidman Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414055 In his 1984 essay “Reflections on Exile”, Edward Said remarks: Most people are principally aware of one culture, one setting, one home; exiles are aware of at least…
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An equal say, Barry Gustafson

Adventures in Democracy. A History of the Vote in New Zealand Neill Atkinson University of Otago Press in association with the Electoral Commission, $39.95, ISBN 1877276588 Organised society depends on the existence of governments. What those governments should do and…
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Local and special, Stuart Murray

Picking Up the Traces: The Making of a New Zealand Literary Culture 1932-1945 Lawrence Jones Victoria University Press, $49.94, ISBN 0864734557 Nationalism, and especially cultural nationalism, inhabits a position in contemporary culture that seems peculiarly complex. Easy to identify, yet…
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Issue 63 Spring 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 3 | Issue 63 | Spring 2003 Jock Phillips: Michael King – The historian who opened our eyes (essay) Fleur Adcock: “Historian dies in fiery crash” (poem) Editorial Megan Hutching: Susan Jacobs, Fighting with the…
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