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The life and the work, Martin Edmond

In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say A Lot: Selected Fiction Greville Texidor, (Kendrick Smithyman ed) Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562268 All The Juicy Pastures: Greville Texidor And New Zealand Margot Schwass Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776562251 In April…
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The Italian job, David Groves

Kendrick Smithyman, Campana to Montale: Versions from Italian  Jack Ross and Marco Sonzogni (eds) Novi Ligure, Edizioni Joker,€ 20.00, ISBN 9788875362645   This book is the culmination of a project which began with the 1999 publication in Landfall of seven…
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Boy’s Own snapshots, Hugh Roberts

Imperial Vistas Family Fictions Kendrick Smithyman Auckland University Press, $24.95, ISBN 186940274X Last Poems  Kendrick Smithyman The Holloway Press, $65, ISBN 095823132X It’s an interesting parlour game to speculate how New Zealand’s literary history might have changed had Kendrick Smithyman…
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With more to be said, Alan Riach

Atua Wera Kendrick Smithyman Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86940 157 3 A cynical critic, if asked whether Atua Wera should be described as Kendrick Smithyman’s masterpiece and one of New Zealand’s major poems, might reply like the Frenchman…
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Puzzling over the best way to tell it, Kendrick Smithyman

The Singing Whakapapa C K Stead Penguin Books, $24.95 In February last year C K Stead spoke to the twenty-seventh Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association congress. He called his address “Narrativity, or the Birth of the Story” and published…
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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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