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Issue 54 | August 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 3 | Issue 54 | August 2002 David Hill: Jack Lasenby, Kalik Editorial Letters Elizabeth Caffin: Elizabeth Knox, Billie’s Kiss Alan Horsman: Julius Vogel (ed Roger Robinson), Anno Domini 2000 or Woman’s Destiny Don Aimer:…
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Issue 50 | October 2001

  Volume 11 | Number 4 | Issue 50 | October 2001 Mark Amery: Roger Horrocks, Len Lye: A Biography Janet Charman: “snowing down south” (poem) Editorial Correspondence Patricia Grace on Pinocchio David Howard: “Now here” (poem) Jenny Pattrick: Ann…
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Disquiet’s the theme, Roger Robinson

Taking Off  Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734239 A poet in his prime falls almost silent for ten years. When his new collection at last appears, it opens with a sad song of music overheard, that also asks,…
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The Darke side, Jan Jordan

Flight of the Dancing Bird: One Woman’s Courageous Fight to Reclaim her Life Tanjas Darke HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN1869503961 Imagine a dancing bird, pirouetting through the trees, the light catching the golden tips of feathered wings as it soars into the…
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Reeling them in Jim Greeks

Spinning A Line: New Zealand Writing About Fishing ed Owen Marshall Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869414675 In the kaleidoscope of influences and events that has made me whatever I am today, fishing has a lot to answer for. Without doubt, it…
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Editorial – Issue 54

Largesse for literature Over the last four-and-a-half years, New Zealand Books has kept a watching brief on the Government’s performance vis-à-vis the Arts. After Jenny Shipley became Prime Minister in 1997, we expressed the rather vain hope that she would…
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Sacred and secular, Lloyd Geering

Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse ed Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts & Mike Grimshaw Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869620976 The editors are to be warmly commended for taking the initiative in assembling this first anthology…
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Letters – Issue 54

The irrelevance of gender Vivienne Jepsen’s review of my novella Heart of the  Volcano in the June issue reeks of neo-moral demolition, but its obsolete, 1980s-style, aggressive feminism reveals a clear inability to read a text. As a piece of…
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Young Jim, W H Oliver

Spark to a Waiting Fuse: James K Baxter’s correspondence with Noel Ginn 1942-1946 ed Paul Millar Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 086473400X I began this book thinking that a shorter one might have been enough for a smallish collection of…
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Poem – Erick Brenstrum

Choices   Anna thinks I should shave my chest Alex thinks not she likes it the way it is a touch of Cro-Magnon of cave bears and skins mammoths and spears tundra and the long arctic night. Anna is six…
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