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Green thoughts in green shades, Hugh Roberts

The Truth Garden Emma Neale Otago University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9781877578250 The Bengal Engine’s Mango Afterglow Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864737618 Warm Auditorium James Brown Victoria University Press, $28.00,  ISBN 9780864737649 From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden…
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Hums, James Brown

James Brown looks back at A A Milne’s classic books for children. The World of Pooh is my all-time favourite formative book. This is a collection containing A A Milne’s two Pooh books – Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh…
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Poem – James Brown

Long shadows She loses her virginity down the garden, in the onion weed under the crabapple. She leaves town for the city; reappears on national TV. The freckle astride her left breast is a partially developed third nipple, she explains,…
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Removing the cycle clips, John Horrocks

Like Love Poems: Selected Poems Joanna Margaret Paul (ed Bernadette Hall) Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735278 Modern Colours Wystan Curnow Jack Books, $24.95, ISBN 0473102544 One Shapely Thing: Poems and Journals Dinah Hawken Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 08646735286…
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Poem – James Brown

Letter   Sir – I am very distressed by what can only be described as the lamentable state of poetry in this country today. In the past we have enjoyed a fine tradition of inspired, well-crafted verse from the likes…
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Verbal aerobics and intimacies, John Horrocks

Favourite Monsters James Brown Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734344 The Scientific Evidence of Dr Wang Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734417 Readers of James Brown’s previous collections of poetry, Go Round Power Please and Lemon, will…
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Tolling on, James Brown

The Bells of Saint Babel’s: Poems 1997-2001 Allen Curnow Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402421 There is much to admire in Curnow’s first completely new book since The Loop in Lone Kauri Road (1986). To the fore is his great…
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“Aha – data reduction!” James Brown

James Brown interviews Bill Manhire James Brown (JB): Accessible but elusive. A lot of people seem to like your poetry, but find it difficult. How conscious are you, when you write, of an audience? In other words, do you ever…
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Squeezing the juice out of language, Cilla McQueen

Lemon James Brown Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 374 7 Winter I Was Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 375 5 Poetry could turn out to be a favoured literary form in the 21st century,…
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Poem – James Brown

Discourse / Counter-Discourse In the garden, the washing line fell into disuse. First the women forgot how to remove stains, then they forgot cloth altogether. They danced in celebration – blood and chocolate everywhere. Gradually, they forgot a lot of…
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