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Editorial – Issue 38

Salute to Lauris Edmond On behalf of New Zealand Books, we’d like to offer Lauris Edmond our very best wishes on her 75th birthday, which she celebrated in April. At the same time, we’d like to express our appreciation of…
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She made a good end, Roger Robinson

Late Song Lauris Edmond Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 235 9 The obsequies are over, the elegies written, and we reluctantly begin to think of Wellington without her. Seven months after a death that caused more public grief…
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Double life, Lauris Edmond

The Blind Impress Michael Jackson Dunmore Press $29.95 ISBN 0 8646307 9 Supposing that one of a reviewers tasks is to interpret, I begin by imagining how a reader will first encounter The Blind Impress in a bookshop. The cover…
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In the inscrutable shadows, Lauris Edmond

Both Roads Taken John Allison Sudden Valley Press, $14.95, ISBN 0 473 04340 8 Pools over Stone  Helen Jacobs Sudden Valley Press, $14.95, ISBN 0 473 03996 6 Always Arriving David Gregory Sudden Valley Press, $14.95, ISBN 0 473 03994…
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Poem – Lauris Edmond

Matinee So, he’s a scholar; decent chap too — takes his small granddaughter to the movies (the family’s in town for a week); chooses ‘Sleeping Beauty’, cartoon version, faces of evil now merely ill-tempered. The lights dim; but she’s restless.…
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Affirming lucidity — Edmond’s ‘wisdom poetry’, Ken Arvidson

A Matter of Timing  Lauris Edmond Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 140 9 In A Matter of Timing, Lauris Edmond’s first collection of new poems since the 1988 volume Summer Near the Arctic Circle, we find new depths…
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Who criticises the critics?, Lauris Edmond

Whole Men  Kai Jensen Auckland University Press 1996 $34.95 ISBN 186940145x A R D Fairburn Selected Poems  Mac Jackson (ed) Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 2937 Denis Glover Selected Poems  Bill Manhire (ed) Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473…
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Ending the century, Lauris Edmond

Fête Accomplie a New Zealander’s Culinary Romance  Peta Mathias Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1869412486 Here is a test. Do you order your dinner in a restaurant in the French of the menu or do you use the small print translation…
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Triumph in the regions, Lauris Edmond

Women’s Book Festival In the first week of October this year a major national institution will make its annual appearance. In libraries, theatres, halls of various kinds, cafes and school rooms, in large cities and smaller towns all over the…
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Lauris Edmond: (Not) getting to know them

Christina Stead: A Biography Hazel Rowley Heinemann Australia, $A49.95 Riffs Dennis Lee Brick Books, Box 38 Station B, London Ontario Canada N6A 4V3 The only way for an Australian writer to make an impression in New Zealand is to come…
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