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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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Rolling the credits, Nicholas Reid

Reframing Women – a History of New Zealand Film  Deborah Shepard HarperCollins, $59.95, ISBN 1869503147   Books that set out to be histories of an art form are always doing two things simultaneously – documenting and criticising. Deborah Shepard’s Reframing…
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Passion and precision, Chris Laidlaw

A Lucky Man Keith Quinn Shoal Bay Press, $44.95, ISBN 0908704917 It is one of life’s idiosyncrasies that the nicer a guy is, the more some people will feel compelled to hate him. Keith Quinn, the doyen of television sports…
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A bit of rough, Julia Millen

A Life in Loose Strides: the story of Barry Crump  Colin Hogg Hodder Moa Beckett, $34.95, ISBN 1869588223   For 40 years his name has been identified with the quintessential Kiwi male: resilient, adventurous, self-sufficient, laconic, handy with rifle and…
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Certainties/doubts, Kate Camp

the long road to teatime Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402235 Writing Lives – Ending Silences Mike Minehan Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877161853 I have admired Anna Jackson’s poetry in various journals, and as part of the AUP…
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“No, bad language, please”: the YA fiction debate, Jane Westaway

Sex, suicide, abortion, incest, violence, substance abuse – read all about it in young adult (YA) fiction. In the last decade or so, the genre has become identified with what enthusiasts applaud as gritty realism, presenting characters and situations adolescents…
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Hat-tricks, Geoff Robinson

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, volume 5 (1941-1960) Auckland University Press/Department of Internal Affairs, $130.00, ISBN 1869402243   When asked to review this fifth volume of The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, my first reaction was “why me?”; and…
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