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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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The luck was all ours, Mac Jackson

An Absurd Ambition: Autobiographical Writings E H McCormick ed Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 156 5 There were giants on the earth in those days” and we follow their footsteps with awe. When writing a chapter…
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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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More the activity than the goal, Mac Jackson

How To Be Nowhere: Essays and Texts 1971‑1994  Ian Wedde Victoria University Press, $49.95 ISBN 086473 249X This book has an index of names. There are about 560, from Laurence Aberhart to Jane Zusters. Marie Antoinette is followed by Billy…
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