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What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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You cannot forget it, Tom Beard

Sheet Music: Poems 1967-1982   Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 3003 My Sunshine Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $19.95 ISBN 086473 2953 Touching on song The iconography of song has always been important in Manhire’s poetry and it…
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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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More than the myth he became, Tom Beard

I was four when Baxter died and living on the other side of the world. It seems that everyone here has a Baxter anecdote ‑ something along the lines of “I remember finding Jim passed out next to my letterbox”…
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Here and now, Tom Beard

Scenes from a Small City Lauris Edmond, Daphne Brassell Associates, $24.95   Lauris Edmond’s poems have always conveyed a strong sense of time and place, so it is no surprise that in a volume based around life in Wellington the…
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