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Poem — Miro Bilbrough

Door-snake    Door-snake got rolled. Dumped on the fringes of a shabby precinct, night. Door-snake was outsize, dirty puce. I mean, fat. Man-size. Spent the evening carousing in a low-life joint. Fleshy, hairless and invertebrate too. No wonder door-snake got…
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Letters — Issue 87

From the heart Linda Burgess’ review of Chicken Feathers in the Winter issue of NZB was warm and kind and I thank her for that. She made a comment that has been echoed by other reviewers, that the book was…
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Teacup warriors, Les Cleveland

Fernleaf Cairo: New Zealanders at Maadi Camp Alex Hedley (with Megan Hutching) HarperCollins, $36.39, ISBN 9781869507718 Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About their War Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869507718 Things Have Been Pretty Lively: The Great War…
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Issue 87 Spring 2009

  Volume 19 | Number 3 | Issue 87 | Spring 2009 Letters Harry Ricketts: Jenny Bornholdt, The Rocky Shore Sue McCauley: Fiona Kidman, Beside the Dark Pool Michael Hulse: Vincent O’Sullivan, Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1998-2008 Murray Bramwell: Janet…
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Obituary — Terry Sturm

Terry Sturm (1941-2009) Terry Sturm, a major figure in the literary culture of New Zealand for more than a quarter of a century, died in June in Auckland after a long and characteristically tenacious battle with cancer. He would have…
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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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Pioneers of bicultural spirituality, Paul Morris

Ratana: The Prophet  Keith Newman Raupo, $40.00, ISBN 978014310972 Double Rainbow: James Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune  John Newton Victoria University Press, $40.00,  ISBN 9780864736037 Pakeha and Maori find themselves in Martin Heidegger’s phrase “thrown” together in our…
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A hectic ride, Ruth Nichol

Limestone Fiona Farrell Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869791681 By the time Murray lumbers into view on p15 of Fiona Farrell’s latest novel, Limestone, I knew I was in the hands of a writer who really knows what she’s doing. Dr Clare…
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Home and away, Nicholas Reid

Dead People’s Music Sarah Laing Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869791087 Footnotes to Sex Mia Farlane Viking, $37.00, ISBN 9780670917938 Mother’s Day Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 9780143011255 I am male, middle-aged, heterosexual and monogamous. The first two terms make me different…
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New worlds, old ways, Elspeth Sandys

Forbidden Cities  Paula Morris  Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143009146 Etiquette for a Dinner Party  Sue Orr  Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869790072 The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 5 Owen Marshall (ed) Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 978869419790 The problem with reviewing short story…
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