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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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Letters — Issue 17

The value of experiment I did not respond to Jane Stafford’s review of Michele Leggott’s Dia and my The Switch in New Zealand Books when it was first printed because I think the writing should speak for itself and face…
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The blinds drawn, Hamish Keith

Painted Histories: Early Maori figurative painting Roger Neich, Auckland University Press, $79.95 One April morning in 1920 the Maori King Te Rata, his kaumatua, a greeting party and 1000 or so Waikato, gathered on the platform at Ngaruawahia railway station…
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Poem — Jeanette Stace

Between   It is hard to tell its length, it appears to have no breadth. Between is a line of loops joining, between is a series of leaps separating, between is the arrow pointing. Between likes to give you little…
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A book reader; what else? Laura Kroetsch

The Dominion of Signs Nick Perry, Auckland University Press, $34.95 A few weeks ago a debate appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement which Colin MacCabe (head of research and education at the British Film Institute) and Graham McCann (a…
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Apology to C K Stead

C K Stead has taken exception to two aspects of a review of The Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories in our issue of March 1994. If Roger Robinson’s review gave readers the impression that the absence of four…
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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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