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Issue 87 Spring 2009

  Volume 19 | Number 3 | Issue 87 | Spring 2009 Letters Harry Ricketts: Jenny Bornholdt, The Rocky Shore Sue McCauley: Fiona Kidman, Beside the Dark Pool Michael Hulse: Vincent O’Sullivan, Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1998-2008 Murray Bramwell: Janet…
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Letter from Auckland, Iain Sharp

Earlier this year I was asked to write a short profile of Maurice Gee for Pacific Way, the Air New Zealand in-flight magazine. This involved a long-distance call from the Pacific Way office in Auckland to Gee’s home in Wellington…
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Poem — Anne French

The poetry reading at the end of the world   It is a very big anthology. Everyone in the world who ever wrote a poem is in it. I am, as it happens, represented by something I’d rather forget (that’s…
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Green thoughts, Judith Dale

The Garden as a Room: Decorating and Furnishing the New Zealand Garden Robin Shafer, Random House, $39.95 The Dry Garden: Gardening with drought-tolerant plants Jane Taylor, Godwit, $59.95 Delights of Floral Languages, Delights of Lavender, Delights of Little Flowers, Delights…
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The loneliness of the short distance columnist, A K Grant

5 Days in Las Vegas Raybon Kan, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $29.95   I must confess to a personal grievance in relation to this book, a collection of pieces, mostly from the Dominion or the Listener, by the gifted young…
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Poem — Alex Scobie

  Grandfather   Gentle keeper of bees, with walrus Moustache stained by pipe smoke; Falkirk miner, half-blind, Burrowing and blasting shafts Through the Carboniferous Age, Illuminating with his Davy lamp Friezes of centipedes and ferns, Dead a million years ago,…
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Fish and Slips, R M McDowall

The Rock Pool Fishes of New Zealand: Te ika aaria o Aotearoa Chris Paulin and Clive Roberts, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, $49.95 This is a beautiful book. For decades, people interested in rock pool fauna and flora…
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Narrow focus, Brian Easton

Corporatisation and privatisation: New Zealand Ian Duncan and Alan Bollard, Oxford University Press, $29.95   The preface of this book states ‘the work is based originally on an unpublished study of thirteen state enterprises, commissioned by the New Zealand Treasury…
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Poem — Vincent O’Sullivan

In time of thanks and praise   My friend Judith’s house is so instructively wired that when she lights her 19th century ornamental lamp for one of her elegant, thoughtful dinners, the flame hisses when a man says so much…
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Snow White revisited, Malcolm MacLean

Handy Hints for Wicked Stepmothers: New Zealand Step-Parenting in the ’90s Nicola Lynch-Reeves, GP Books, price not given Pamela Trowel, a thirty-something slave of New York has just acquired, quite unintentionally, a child. Abdhul – maybe six, maybe nine, maybe…
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