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Poem – Marty Smith

I am all saliva and static before the big race. I secretly want to be the horse; the jaw   and the strange elemental eye. The sun along my long muscles. I will be good; I will be good.  …
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Reverse engineering, John McCrystal

The Infinite Air Fiona Kidman Vintage ISBN 9781869797928 Of all the technological accomplishments in a century studded with them, the advances made in heavier-than-air aviation between 1903 and 1939 must have seemed to those alive at the time to be…
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What if? Susan Pearce

The Shingle Bar Sea Monster and Other Stories  Laura Solomon Proverse Hong Kong ISBN 9789888167357 Rising to the Surface Latika Vasil Steele Roberts ISBN 9781927242124 Blood and Koka Kola Christodoulos E G Moisa One Eyed Press ISBN 9781483911298 Each short…
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Monsters beyond the swampbrink, Craig Cliff

Fiction Lamplighter Kerry Donovan Brown Victoria University Press ISBN 9780864739162 Maria Susanna Cummins’s sentimental novel The Lamplighter (1854) was a bestseller in its time. It tells the story of a mistreated orphan, Gertrude, who’s rescued by Trueman Flint, a lamplighter.…
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Weird animals, Callum Robertson

Incomplete Works  Dylan Horrocks Victoria University Press ISBN 9780864739223 Incomplete Works is a collection of short comics created by Dylan Horrocks between 1986 and 2012. Much like the B-sides of records, the comics sit beside one another like rough or…
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The effort at reasonableness, Miranda Johnson

Paikea: The Life of I L G Sutherland Oliver Sutherland University of Canterbury Press ISBN 9781927145432 The critical theme of Oliver Sutherland’s biography of his father, Ivan Sutherland, is the rational pursuit of an understanding of others. The theme is…
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Paradoxes of knowledge and knowing, Nicholas Wright

page.stone.leaf Dinah Hawken (drawings by John Edgar) The Holloway Press ISBN 9780986461880 Ruby Duby Du Elizabeth Smither (Kathryn Madill illus) The Cold Hub Press ISBN 9780473268305 Gathering Evidence  Caoilinn Hughes Victoria University Press ISBN 9780864739261 On opening Dinah Hawken’s latest…
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Literary contradictions, Alistair Fox

Striding Both Worlds: Witi Ihimaera and New Zealand’s Literary Traditions  Melissa Kennedy Rodopi ISBN 9789042033573 Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial  Janet Wilson, Gerri Kimber and Delia da Sousa Correa (eds) Edinburgh University Press ISBN 9780748669097 In Striding Both Worlds, Melissa…
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Outrageous fortune, Chris Bourke 

Gutter Black Dave McArtney HarperCollins ISBN 9781775540397 Hello Sailor were New Zealand’s most convincing rock stars. They acted like pirates, and managed to look menacing and foppish at the same time. It wasn’t a pose; it was a lifestyle. They…
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