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Poem — Vivienne Plumb

The Waiting Room   You are the space I have to go to before teeth, before tickets, before examination, and lying on the funny little bed, before the train, the plane, the exam, the interview, the sudden realisation, the notification,

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Four to tango, Lawrence Jones

Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance Lloyd Jones Penguin Books, $34.95, ISBN 014308183 No reader of Lloyd Jones’s last novel, The Book of Fame, Winner of the Deutz medal in 2001, would have been able

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Voice-over, Michaelanne Forster

The Big OE  Nigel McCarter Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 18771788837 A Snake in the Shrine – Journeys with Nobby through Middle Japan  David Geraghty University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276138 When I picked up The Big OE by Nigel

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Herons, dogs, lorikeets, Kim Griggs

Fool’s Paradise Steve Braunias Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1869414837 Sit Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 1877270105 From the Heart Helen Brown HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503996 According to Phillip Lopate, editor of The Art of the Personal Essay, the personal

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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 of New

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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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