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Getting self-absorption right, Bill Sewell

The Body of Man David Herkt Hazard Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908 790 73 2 Stuck up John Dolan Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 186940 120 4 Retaining Wall Claire Matthewson Whitireia Publishing, $19.95 ISBN 0 473 031329 Literature is…
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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

After intimate talk (for Viv) After intimate talk we come out into the night And drive towards a dark dramatic sky Down an avenue of orange lights. We pass A churchyard whose graves are milky white And trees made sombre,…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Me & You, Mills & Boon CHAPTER ONE. We met among trees and the round familiar walked again the lovely gullies and all their wooded ways, nodding at the hidden houses where the blue sea winks at every window and…
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And a partridge (or not), Neville Bennett

Science is wonderful. Only this week I hear some clever Americans have transplanted a gene from an Antarctic fish into a tomato. Apparently we will not get a tomato with scales or fins but one that is not frost tender.…
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A nation’s rough habit, Piet de Jong

On A Roll: A History of Gambling and Lotteries In New Zealand David Grant, Victoria University Press, $39.95 Victoria University Press has backed a winner with this history of gambling and lotteries in New Zealand. The subject has everything. It…
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Editorial – Issue 17

Colin James: New fizz  This issue leads with two reviews of Laura Ranger. That is not because she is a curiosity, 10 years old and an accurate poet. It is because her first slim volume is the best book we…
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The pix are choice, Piet de Jong

The Story of Beer: Beer and brewing – a New Zealand History Gordon McLauchlan, Penguin, $39.95 If this book were a swimming pool, you’d break your neck every time you dived into it. Shallow maybe, but it probably achieves all…
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Issue 17 | March 1995

Volume 5 | Number 1 | Issue 17 | March 1995 Editorial: Colin James: “New fizz” Letters Apology to C K Stead Harvey McQueen: Laura Ranger, Laura’s poems Philippa, Octavia and Laura Horgan: Laura Ranger, Laura’s poems Jane Stafford: Jenny…
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Redesigning the collectivist rudder, Michael Cullen

Simon Upton’s extended, but muted, cry of anguish (New Zealand Books, December 1994) marks a major intellectual maturing on the part of the New Zealand National Party’s only serious thinker. Had it been written in mid-Victorian Britain one would confidently…
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Electricities: Work in progress, Gregory O’Brien

I am sitting in an Auckland dealer gallery pondering some photographs of Michael Smither’s paintings, including one New Plymouth public garden scene called “Poet’s Bridge”, the title of which strikes an encouraging note – there can’t be too many such…
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