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“Out of emptiness breaking”, Janet Wilson

Collected Poems  Ruth Dallas 2nd ed, Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877133868 The Black Horse and other stories  Ruth Dallas Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 187713385X Today, at 80, Ruth Dallas is, apart from Allen Curnow, New Zealand’s most venerable…
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Gripping, lyrical Kidman, Janet Wilson

Ricochet Baby Fiona Kidman Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 304 0 Fiona Kidman is today more than ever in command of her craft. Ricochet Baby, her new novel— and first book since the semi-autobiographical volume, Palm Prints (1994) — will…
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Superb reconstruction, Janet Wilson

Glamour and the Sea Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 305 4  The cover is a racy, blown-up photograph of three youths with the unmistakeable look of an earlier generation; to the fore is the author’s father,…
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When the twain did meet, Janet Wilson

The gigantic stage in the vast, half‑filled auditorium of the Moscow State Pedagogical University is dominated by an image of the head of Mikhail Bakhtin above the dates 1895 (the year of his birth) to 1995. At its edges stand…
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Greater than the parts, Janet Wilson

Mr Fish and other stories Elizabeth Smither Macindoe, $24.95 Elizabeth Smither’s second collection of short fiction gathered from stories published in recent years, displays at first sight the unfussed, unfazable and whimsical qualities for which her poetry has often been…
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Janet Wilson: Distinctive depictions of childhood

Pomare Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, 1994, $19.95 What is it about Elizabeth Knox’s writing that divides readers into devotees or detractors, into those who do and those who don’t enjoy her work? Her first novel, After Z‑Hour (1987), which…
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Very Much a ‘Wellington’ piece? Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson discussed Phil Mann’s ‘The Poverty Trap’ with Rev Dr Penny Jamieson, Bishop of Dunedin. Dr Jamieson has recently served on the People’s Select Committee which enquired into the effects of benefit cuts, and other aspects of the National…
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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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