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Issue 103 Spring 2013

Volume 23 | Number 3 |  Issue 103 | Spring 2013 Editorial Jennifer Compton: “Anxieties” (poem) Jane Stafford: Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries Letters Christine Johnston: Judith White, The Elusive Language of Ducks Ruth Nichol: Anne Else: The Colour of Food:…
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Out of this world, Elizabeth Crayford

Snow White’s Coffin Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864738882 The Odour of Sanctity Amy Brown Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864738905 Snow White’s Coffin was written when Kate Camp held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Residency from September…
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Square meals, Ruth Nichol

The Colour of Food: A Memoir of Life, Love and Dinner Anne Else Awa Press, $12.00, ISBN 9781877551925 Back in the days when most New Zealanders ate the same stuff – mince, chops, sausages, a roast on Sunday – the…
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The one and the many, Helen Watson White

Urbanesia: Four Pasifika Plays Courtney Sina Meredith, Vela Manusaute, Victor Rodger, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Nathaniel Lees Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607433 Haruru Mai Briar Grace-Smith Strange Resting Places Paolo Rotondo and Rob Mokaraka Playmarket, $32.00, ISBN 9780908607440 In 2012, nearing…
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The scholar’s conscience, Rachael Bell

J C Beaglehole: Public Intellectual, Critical Conscience Doug Munro Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9781877577802 In 1946, Victoria University College historian J C Beaglehole wrote of New Zealand’s nascent national identity and the historian’s contribution to the development of national life.…
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Poem — C K Stead

The Widow Will Not Be Returning   The widow across the street has been taken to live with her family, and later perhaps to a hospice. Last week I was called to witness her will. Now Rufus her little dog…
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Wearing their ethics on their sleeves, Jack Ross

Mortal Fire Elizabeth Knox Gecko Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877579530 Dear Vincent Mandy Hager Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781775533276 There was a time when I used to wait eagerly for each new YA novel by Margaret Mahy. Starting with The Haunting…
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Opening the vaults, Paul Goldsmith

Turning Points Paul Moon New Holland Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869663797 Visiting the Catlins once, I walked under ancient trees, rimu or possibly beech, which our guide pointed out were more than a thousand years old. The trees pre-dated human population…
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Knowing their stuff, Anna Rogers

The Phoenix Song John Sinclair Victoria University Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780864738257 The Secret Life of James Cook: A Novel Graeme Lay HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN 9781775540120 “It takes a great deal of history,” wrote Henry James in 1879, “to produce a…
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Late style, Michael Hulse

The Yellow Buoy C K Stead Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781869407353 The Blue Coat Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869407360 Collected Poems 1956-2011  Peter Bland Steele Roberts, $46.00, ISBN 9781877577994 These writers are past their three-score-and-ten –…
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