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Shocks and conversations, Mark Williams

The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems  Steve Braunias (ed) David Bateman, $25.00, ISBN 9780473450281 Short Poems of New Zealand Jenny Bornholdt (ed) Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776562022 Two new poetry anthologies: one featuring beautifully composed small poems selected…
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Poetry and the poem, Michael Hulse

Selected Poems  Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560660 If I begin by saying that Jenny Bornholdt gives the impression of being a very modest person, it’s not because this review is to be an assessment of her character,…
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New seeds for old, Kathryn Walls

The Mijo Tree Janet Frame (Deidre Copeland illus) Penguin, $25.00, ISBN 9780143569428 A Book is a Book Jenny Bornholdt (Sarah Wilkins illus) Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781877579929 Dunger Joy Cowley Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781977579462 Janet Frame sent the typescript…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Raw edges of wonder, Janet Hughes

The Hill of Wool Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736529   Thicket Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9871869404826   Aloe Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 98718669404413   The Leaf Ride Dinah Hawken Victoria University…
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Voicing, Harry Ricketts

The Rocky Shore Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735805 The Rocky Shore is Jenny Bornholdt’s ninth volume of poems, published over the last 20 years. Its six extended sequences, “Confessional”, “The Rocky Shore”, “Willow”, “Fitter Turner”, “A Long…
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Domestic pastoral, Harry Ricketts

Summer Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734522 Jenny Bornholdt’s poems could be called “domestic pastoral”. This is one of the strongest – though often undervalued – lines in New Zealand poetry. You can trace it from Ursula Bethell’s…
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Poem — Jenny Bornholdt

December   Last days of December broccoli squeaking on the stove and your hair – it’s a tidal wave crashing forwards as you bend to open the envelope you sent from Fielding, in 1971, to your father – in it,…
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A breath of fresh sound, Harvey McQueen

Birds of Europe Andrew Johnston Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 386 0 These Days Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 385 2   Delacroix remarked that to be a poet when one is twenty is…
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The making of a ‘too hospitable’ canon, Mac Jackson

An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English ed Jenny Bornholdt, Gregory O’Brien and Mark Williams Oxford University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 19 558338 8 “I cannot think that real poets have any competition,”  wrote Blake. But we lesser mortals…
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What to do before Next, Anne French

My heart goes swimming: New Zealand love poems Jenny Bornholdt and Greg O’Brien (eds) Godwit, $19.95 ISBN 0908877811 Go Round Power Please James Brown Victoria University Press, $19.95 ISBN 0864732899 The birds do it. The bees do it. So let’s…
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