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In command of his talent, Lydia Wevers

The Ballad of Fifty-one  Bill Sewell HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473092540 A couple of years ago I wrote a favourable review of Bill Sewell’s long poem Erebus (1999). He rang and thanked me after he read it; part of what he…
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A room of one’s own, Jane Tolerton

Away from Home: The Story of Victoria House Frances Porter Bridget Williams Books, $29.95, ISBN 1877242977 Girls “on the cusp of independence”, as the back cover of this book puts it, are the stuff of many a story. But that…
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Posted in History, Review, Sociology

Strangely compelling, Jane Stafford

Tamar Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $21.95, ISBN 1869504089 The Trespass Barbara Ewing Times Warner, $34.95, ISBN 0316860573 The Stove Rake Denise Keay Flamingo, $24.95, ISBN 1869504062 One of the most disconcerting aspects of the reading experience, encountered frequently at this more…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature

Free speech (at a price), Lynley Hood

I used to believe that only pornographers, bigots, blasphemers and show-offs needed to worry about censorship in New Zealand. But, in the course of bringing A City Possessed into the world, I discovered that we all have to worry about…
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Talking Music, Sue Court

Talking Music: conversations with New Zealand musicians Sarah Shieff Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402286 Sometimes, out of sheer perversity, I read an entire book ithout having read the preface or introduction to see whether my perception of a book…
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Posted in Music, Non-fiction, Review

Verbal aerobics and intimacies, John Horrocks

Favourite Monsters James Brown Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734344 The Scientific Evidence of Dr Wang Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734417 Readers of James Brown’s previous collections of poetry, Go Round Power Please and Lemon, will…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Referencing the self, James Norcliffe

Storyteller  Simon Williamson HeadworX, $29.95, ISBN 0473086220 Boat People Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087456 Chantal’s Book  Jack Ross HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087448 Through his Wellington HeadworX publishing house Mark Pirie has become something of a phenomenon in recent years…
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Editorial — Issue 58

Kids stuff Readers – and sometimes even writers – seem to think that writing for children and young adults is the literary equivalent of dunking soldiers in your boiled egg. Fun, possibly, but not what a proper grown-up writer should…
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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

Singing in the rain   I am caught at the bus stop like Gene Kelly only I have an umbrella. Only two days before I said to someone we miss all those good experiences: getting drenched and here is my…
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Letters — Issue 58

The source of Frame’s “inward sun” In her review of An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame (March 2003 issue), Elizabeth Alley refers to her earlier use of the book’s title and its still earlier use by Patrick Evans,…
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