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The Persistence of Talent: the Poetry of Brian Turner, Vincent O’Sullivan

Even five years ago, it would have seemed impossible that Brian Turner should win the country’s premier award for poetry. Not that anyone said anything much against his verse. But there was the quiet assumption that he worked his own…
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Honest words and honest deeds, Mary Roberts

Capes of China Slide Away James Bertram, Auckland University Press, $39.95   James Bertram spent ten years of his long life in Asia. Those years prompt the use of Auden’s quotation as the title of his book and occupy over…
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Ruminative chin music, David Eggleton

Auto/Biographies Kendrick Smithyman, Auckland University Press, $19.95   This is Kendrick Smithyman’s twelfth book of poetry. It continues and restates the themes of his recent collections, Stories About Wooden Keyboards and Are you Going to the Pictures? to the point…
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Serving up the ancestors, Harry Ricketts

One of Ben’s Maurice Shadbolt, David Ling Publishing, $44.95 Halfway Round the Harbour Keith Sinclair, Penguin, $29.95   This here biography and ‘reminiscence’ business … is a bit too near the ‘Higher Cannibalism’ to please me. Ancestor-worship is all right…
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The discourse of security, Alistair Paterson

Red letter Janet Charman, Auckland University Press, $18.95 Strands Keri Hulme, Auckland University Press, $17.95 These two books, both from Auckland University Press and markedly different in their method and concerns, share a common factor in exemplifying the confidence writers…
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Letters – Issue 9

Yanks still here I was only slightly miffed by your pejorative comment ‘Readers interested in the ‘invasion’ (of the Americans 1942-44) might like to search the remainder bins for Harry Bioletti’s The Yanks are Coming‘. You won’t find any copies…
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Oral Poetry, John Jowett

Glasgow Poets Past and Present: The Story of a City Edwin Morgan, Avizandum Editions (University of Waikato Scottish Studies Association), $5.00   This pamphlet marks a time and place. It prints a lecture delivered by the Scottish poet Edwin Morgan…
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Editorial – Issue 9

Jane Stafford: Not a theory of poetry   Poetry and theorising have always had an uneasy relationship. Perhaps it is because they are at some level antithetical, the packed allusiveness of the poem as opposed to the careful logic of…
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Talk with the dead, Rachel Nunns

Letters to Doctor Dee and other Poems James Norcliffe, Hazard Press, $16.95 The KM File and other Poems with Katherine Mansfield Riemke Ensing, Hazard Press, $16.95 Kapiti Poems Six Meg Campbell (ed), Rawhiti Press, price not given   In his…
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Issue 9 | Winter 1993

  Volume 3 | Number 1 | Issue 9 | Winter 1993 Editorial Letters Harry Ricketts: Maurice Shadbolt, One of Ben’s; Keith Sinclair, Halfway Round the Harbour Mary Roberts: James Bertram, Capes of China Slide Away Elizabeth Smither: Maurice Gee,…
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