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Constant fizz and playful grace, Mark Houlahan

Alan Brunton: Beyond the Ohlala Mountains: Poems 1968-2002 Michele Leggott and Martin Edmond (eds) Titus Books, $38.00, ISBN 9781877441479 Sweeping the Courtyard: The Selected Poems of Michael Harlow Michael Harlow Cold Hub Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780473274207 My first Red Mole…
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Phrases that catch the breath, Mark Houlahan

Heartland  Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781869408084 In 2007, Leggott was New Zealand’s inaugural poet laureate; in England, there is a long tradition of poets laureate being crowned at the point in their careers where the muse has…
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Moving deeper, John Horrocks

Mirabile Dictu Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 9781869404406 The Lustre Jug Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736086 Just This Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735911 One can expect that these new collections by three…
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Smoking documents, Anna Livesey

Hypnic Jerks Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 08647350006 Milk & Honey Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 1869403347 Cassandra’s Daughter Michael Harlow Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 1869403320 Writing poetry – seriously writing poetry and expecting someone…
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Risky business, Bernadette Hall

Young Knowledge: The Poems of Robin Hyde (ed) Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 1869402987   I have known griefs o more than three – Tooth aching, Child-bearing, And the voice breaking Those silent frontiers Of dream, held hazardously.…
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Poem — Michele Leggott

we are one, we are two we are everyone (two three three friends in winter coming off the evening boat three bianca roses and the sine curve of Aphrodite along the seawall three flowers walking on the beach like a…
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Light that fire, Lydia Wevers

Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975 eds Alan Brunton, Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 869402308 A thick black-and-white book with a beautiful cover illustration by Patrick Hanly taken from the second issue of Freed, Big Smoke…
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Local practice v wider trends, Stuart Murray

Opening the Book: New Essays on New Zealand Writing Mark Williams and Michele Leggott (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869401158 Ending the Silences: Critical Essays on the Works of Maurice Shadbolt Ralph J Crane (ed) Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95,…
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