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Poem — Graham Lindsay

Hospital in Kabul Girl with heavily bandaged right knee and bandages on the left leg down to her calf, beyond which nothing stares stricken-eyed. No one breaks the tableau nurse, doctor or member of the camera crew to rescue her

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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Seacorn For Bob Orr, who knows that coast   You sent me down for sea‑corn deep among the rocks below the jetty ‑ It’s a delicacy, you said. Pick one of three. At the bach we found the water off,

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Poem — Harry Ricketts

A literary history R A K Mason The problem with being a poet in New Zealand is: how do you show it? No one wants a lone crag, or Christ on the swag. But I’m going to be famous, I

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Different qualities, Charles Croot

Ornamental Gorse Chris Orsman Victoria University Press, $19.95 The Persistent Levitator Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $19.95 Honeypants Lynda Earle Auckland University Press, $19.95 Black Family Letters from Boston L E Scott Blue Black Press / Bent Publishing, $15.95 What

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Contributing to the tribal record, Jane McRae

Kati au i konei compiled by Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal Huia Publishers, $24.95 This book contains texts, translations and explanatory notes for 15 waiata from Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Raukawa. It is written in Maori and English, illustrated with photographs

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Better at a distance, Gerry Webb

My History, I think Stevan Eldred‑Grigg Penguin Books, $29.95 “Neither autobiography nor yet fiction, this fascinating document traces the workings inside the mind of a leading writer”, says the blurb. The sad fact is that the workings of this writer’s

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Skin and bones, Tom Beard

Skinning a Fish Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $19.95 The cover illustration ‑ a cold blue etching of a grotesque deep‑sea fish screwed to a ragged knife ‑ is a spare and disturbing image that hints at a hard edge to

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Tall tales and truths from an underrated writer, Judith Holloway

Dead Man’s Head Jack Lasenby McIndoe, $18.95 There is a special category of books written about the world of children which are, on the whole, written for children to read (or to have read to them) but whose themes, originality

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Women among the puritans, Heather Murray

A Barbarous Tongue Marilyn Duckworth Vintage New Zealand (first pub Hutchinson & Co, 1963), $24.95 Fooling Marilyn Duckworth Hazard Press, $9.95 Marilyn Duckworth stands alone in New Zealand fiction, occupying a lofty and lonely spot few others have had the

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Varying power and art, Kim Worthington

Between Friends Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 Cowrie Cathie Dunsford Tandem Press, $19.95 In Translation Annamarie Jagose Victoria University Press $24.95 Sing to Me, Dreamer Shonagh Koea Random House, $24.95 Having recently returned to New Zealand after several

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