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Unthawing, Hugh Roberts

Hard Frost: Structures of Feeling in New Zealand Literature 1908-1945 John Newton Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561629 Telling the Real Story: Genre and New Zealand Literature Erin Mercer Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560851 If there is a better…
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So wide, can’t get around it, John Newton

James K Baxter: Complete Prose John Weir (ed) Victoria University Press, $200.00 ISBN 9781776560370 James K Baxter’s Collected Poems which appeared in 1979 remains the most monumental object in New Zealand verse. But it contains a mere 700 poems; the…
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Beyond beige, John Newton

A Rainbow Reader Tessa Laird Clouds, $25.00, ISBN 9780987659378 Plato, I learned recently from the wonderful Maggie Nelson (Bluets, 2009), wanted to banish not just the poets from his republic but also the painters. They were “mixers and grinders of…
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Finding the poetry, Michael Hulse

Gleam  Sarah Broom Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869407704 The Baker’s Thumbprint Paula Green Seraph Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473236311 Family Songbook John Newton Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864738394 Enough Louise Wallace Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739131 The sad…
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Combing the romantic inheritance, Iain Sharp

Lives of the Poets John Newton Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736284   Goya Rules Harvey McQueen HeadworX, $24.99, ISBN 9780473160401   Walls to Kick and Hills to Sing from Murray Edmond Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9781869404581   When…
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Poem — John Newton

The Assassination of Kenneth Koch   At old St Mark’s, in the bowels of the Bowery, he reads from his mighty poem for peace, wherein are contained, by his own estimation, all the Pleasures of Peace that there could possibly…
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Pioneers of bicultural spirituality, Paul Morris

Ratana: The Prophet  Keith Newman Raupo, $40.00, ISBN 978014310972 Double Rainbow: James Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune  John Newton Victoria University Press, $40.00,  ISBN 9780864736037 Pakeha and Maori find themselves in Martin Heidegger’s phrase “thrown” together in our…
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Posted in Health, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

After Adorno, John Newton

Critical Theory, Poststructuralism & the Social Context eds Michael Peters, Wayne Hope, James Marshall and Steven Webster Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86469 233 1 Our culture’s aversion to theory is a theme which has been rehearsed numerous times. My…
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