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Editorial — Issue 52

A large variety of all the same?   The late Allen Curnow was fond of quoting Yeats’s dictum that the real test of poets lies in how they deal with sex and death. Perhaps not surprisingly, both subjects loom memorably

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Jaunts and junkets, Linda Burgess

The Swing Around Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734220 There’s a certain anxiety that accompanies writing this review. Embarrassingly, it’s to do with a fear of mixing metaphors (as opposed to, say, starting a sentence with an adverb.)

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Domesticating Derrida, Kim Worthington

Derrida Downunder ed Laurence Simmons and Heather Worth Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864693745 Jacques Derrida’s visit to New Zealand, for the Derrida Downunder Conference organised by Auckland University in 1999, was certainly an event worthy of commemoration in print. This was

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Poem — Diana Bridge

The route   If you want more than to brush your face against nature, eyes clinging briefly to swatches of sky, their blues deepening as you watch, hit-and-missing leaves, damp paintings patched seamless together – if you want more than

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Biennial banquet, Jane Stafford

Writers and Readers Week Common threads of history, memory, the intersection of personal experience with the historical past, suggest lively debate at this year’s Writers and Readers Week. The Observer critic said of John Banville’s latest novel, Eclipse: “With prose

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How far can you go? John Stenhouse

The Bishop’s Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland Nicholas Reid Catholic Publications Centre, $22.95, ISBN 0473072181 Nicholas Reid sheds valuable light on New Zealand’s religious and cultural history in The Bishop’s Paper, a history

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Winged words, Jane McRae

Nga Pepeha a nga Tipuna: The Sayings of the Ancestors ed Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove Victoria University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864733992 Maori sayings are “ready bits of loftiness and sonority”, to use George Steiner’s apt characterisation of formulaic expression.

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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

The Oxford comma   A little knot of writers at a prize-giving ceremony, standing uncertainly, looking at the stage and the side table with scrolls and envelopes containing magical cheques, we discuss to show erudition and hide fear the Oxford

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Ghosts and disclosures, Charmaine Pountney

Lesbian Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand ed Alison Laurie Harrington Park Press, $79.95, ISBN 1560232528 Academic publications are often daunting to lay readers obscure, dense, and obfuscatory. But Lesbian Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand, a paperback for general readers (co-published simultaneously as

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Butting the trend, Marion McLeod

In the Lifetime of a Goat: Writings 1984 – 2000 Marilyn Waring Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1877242098 Journalism is an ephemeral business. “Today’s news, tomorrow’s fish and chips wrapping” – the saying may be out of date but the

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