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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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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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The new restlessness, Sarah Quigley

Settler Dreaming Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734247 Porcelain Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402642 The death of Alan Curnow last year seemed to call for some kind of reassessment of our national poetry, and some…
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The old frisson Elizabeth Caffin

Billie’s Kiss Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734263 Having begun in some reasonably recognisable New Zealand locations, Elizabeth Knox, novelist, may, we now know, take off and land almost anywhere. What is striking about all her work is…
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Rugby and Fame, Barry Emslie

The appositely titled The Book of Fame by Lloyd Jones is a triking expression of how much the significance of rugby has changed. Once our fanaticism was a touch bloody-minded. We competed as masters, and our pride was aggressively masculine.…
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Prophesy and be damned! Alan Horsman

Anno Domini 2000 or Woman’s Destiny Julius Vogel (ed Roger Robinson) Exisle Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0908988168 “There is no such thing as a load of old codswallop … the codswallop is always freshly made,” or at least it needs to…
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Towards stability, Alan McRobie

Proportional Representation on Trial: The 1999 New Zealand General Election and the Fate of MMP    Jack Vowles, Peter Aimer, Jeffrey Karp, Susan Banducci, Raymond Miller & Ann Sullivan Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402650 New Zealand’s voters have been through…
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Less orchid, more snapdragon Max Cryer

Angela: A Wonderful Life Angela D’Audney and Nicky Pellegrino Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018116 In spite of the desperate tabloid-celebrity culture currently fashionable, a New Zealand show-biz biography would seem to be dodgy commercial territory. Biographies of sportsmen: yes. Of politicians:…
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