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Previously unthought ways, Stephanie Johnson

These Lives I Have Buried Lindsay Rabbitt Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251452 What Makes A Teacher?  Jack Lasenby Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251444 Ghost Who Writes Martin Edmond Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251436 A directive for enjoying…
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From Warsaw to Pahiatua, Jennifer Shennan

New Zealand’s First Refugees: Pahiatua’s Polish Children ed Adam Manterys Polish Children’s Reunion Committee, $39.95, ISBN 0476007399 Many New Zealanders know that in 1944 a shipload of orphaned children, refugees from war-torn Poland (732 children and 102 caregivers, to be…
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What minds make, Nelson Wattie

Beyond Wittgenstein’s Poker: New Light on Popper and Wittgenstein Peter Munz Ashgate Publishing Limited, $62.00, ISBN 0754640159 Working at the interface between literature and science, Gillian Beer recently asked in The Guardian: “How do you have new ideas? Language is…
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Reading teeth, Jane Hurley

Music from a Distant Room Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869416171 Nola Lane is a dental nurse who loves her job. By day she peers carefully into small mouths, tamps down zinc and mercury into tiny jaws and snips cottonwool…
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Telling it like it was (perhaps), David Hill

A Life’s Sentences Gordon McLauchlan Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143019163 Sorry, I’m a Stranger Here Myself Peter Bland Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869416325 Both these books call themselves/are called memoirs. I’ve never liked the word; I find a back-of-hand-to-brow affectation in it.…
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Terminal Motel, Renée

Miles To Go Pauline O’Regan Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019139 When I learned that Pauline O’Regan had written a book on ageing called Miles To Go, I thought damn, it’s bad enough being jolted or jollied by strangers – but a…
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Issue 67 Spring 2005

  Volume 14 | Number 3 | Issue 67 | Spring 2005 Kim Griggs: Bill Manhire (ed), The Wide White Page: Writers Imagine Antarctica Letters Martin Edmond: Chris Else, On River Road; Nigel Cox, Tarzan Presley; Mike Johnson, Stench Philip…
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Obituary — Maurice Shadbolt

Maurice Shadbolt (1932-2004) Dear Maurice – We could not have a conversation the last time we met, so a letter will have to do, and, as your superstitions always allowed, you’ll be sure to read this, with more time than…
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Letters — Issue 67

Better than boring  Andrew Mason’s sulphurous response (NZB, December 2004) to my article on academic reviewers – the article that level-headed Dame Fiona Kidman called level-headed – made through the fumes one point I could discern that I can help…
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From the edges, Anna Livesey

It Was a Tuesday Morning Peter Olds Hazard Press, $25.00, ISBN 187727075X Natural Anthem Leonard Lambert HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473098032 Recessional Harvey McQueen HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0476002710 Peter Olds published work in the iconoclastic literary magazine Freed in the late…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review
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