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Listening for the voice, Janet Hughes

Coming to it: Selected Poems
Sam Hunt
Potton and Burton, $30.00,
ISBN 9780947503802

Poeta: Selected and New Poems
Cilla McQueen
Otago University Press, $40.00,
ISBN 9781988531281

Watching for the Wingbeat: New and Selected Poems
Pat White
Cold Hub Press, $40.00,
ISBN 97804734444204

A “Selected Poems” doesn’t confer quite the accolade of a collected, with its connotations of canonisation. But the poet is more likely to have a hand in shaping it, and to be around to enjoy it; it is more likely to privilege reading pleasure; and it’s simply more likely to happen. Back when publishers were powerful arbiters and gatekeepers, a selected poems affirmed a career and a reputation. Now that there are more gates and fewer keepers, the fact of a selected probably carries less freight.

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Remembering, John Horrocks

Under the Dundas Street Bridge Peter Olds Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN 9781877577833 Chords and Other Poems Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9781877338181 Voicetracks: Poems 2002-2012 Jan Kemp Puriri Press/Tranzlit, $32.50, ISBN 9780908943388 Like Paul McCartney singing “Remember” at

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Man alone with his words, Ashleigh Young

Backroads: Charting a Poet’s Life Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517051 Hunt didn’t sit down at his typewriter to write this book. He sat down with his publisher and started rambling. Presented here is a one-sided transcript of

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Poets for the ear, Hugh Roberts

James K Baxter: Poems  Sam Hunt (ed)  Auckland University Press, $29.99,  ISBN 9781869404345 Doubtless: New and Selected Poems  Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 9781877333811 Googling the phrase “New Zealand’s greatest poet” finds hits evenly divided between James K

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Off-track, Brian Turner

Lost at Sea Gary McCormick Hodder Moa Beckett, $14.95, ISBN 1869581849 Down the Backbone  Sam Hunt Hodder Moa Beckett, $14.95, ISBN 1869581830 Recently I picked up a copy of Heartland, the book of the television series, text by Gary McCormick.

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Poetic accomplishments, Peter Simpson

Waiting Shelter Jenny Bornholdt, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1991, $17.95 Angle of Repose Jean Lonie, Te Taa Haeretahi/ The Hand-in-Hand Press, Wellington, 1991 Making Tracks: A Selected 50 Poems Sam Hunt, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $14.95 Breeze Bob Orr, Auckland

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