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Poem – Mark Pirie

Worlds for Jenny   Yesterday in the street a young girl stopped me to ask if I’d caught a ball from the new stadium yet. And I smiled back at her knowing that was her world. I thought about Dunedin,…
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A response from the publishers

The basic premise of your editorial in the December 2000 issue (“Publishers behaving badly”) was quite reasonable. Publishers should indeed accept or reject submissions, or discuss a continuation of consideration with authors within three months. Unfortunately, the editorial tends to…
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Generous to a fault, Jane Stafford

New Zealand Love Poems ed Lauris Edmond Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0195583981 Posthumous volumes invite a certain kind of reading, a feeling that, as this is the last time we will speak to the author, they are addressing us…
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Reeling in the years, Diana Noonan

After the War  Bob Kerr Mallinson Rendel, $22.95, ISBN 0908783515 Hedgehog Howdedo Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $22.95, ISBN 0908783558 Mouse Hotel Pamela and Richard Wolf Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414497 I Heard a Blackbird Singing  Mayne Thompson (illustrations by Barbara…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Apocalypse Soon, David Hill

Power and Chaos Paula Boock Random House, $14.95, ISBN 1869414357 The Wave Rider Graeme Lay Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 014139028X Red Cliff Bernard Beckett Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135429 A Whistle from the Blunder Diana Noonan Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135402   About…
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Strangers in a strange land, Chris Else

A Spider-Web Season and The Transfer Station  Russell Haley Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161799   Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold …” This line from Yeats is the epigraph to Russell Haley’s first book, The Walled Garden (1972). It…
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Poem – Jan Kemp

Rain   The night you flew away it rained soft rain to veil your going rain which knows you’ll return. I’ll be there on the other side of the glass in your reflection when you look for me in this…
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Letters – Issue 47

Anachronisms and artistry Has anyone else noticed the anachronisms in Charlotte Randall’s The Curative (reviewed in the December 2000 issue)? The text is littered with them. The majority do not derive from matters of fact but from linguistic disjunctions so…
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Poem – Paul Wolffram

Reader   In writing, I can’t help but remember with intimate indifference the vein that runs parallel to your neck. Entering bone just below and in front of your earlobe, where it’s riven with vein purpose beneath your lower row…
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In the wars, Piers Reid

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History ed Ian McGibbon, with the assistance of Paul Goldstone Oxford University Press, $89.95, ISBN 0195583760   The 20th century has seen a significant readjustment of New Zealand’s outlook on matters of defence.…
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