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  • No Sugarby Jack Davis

    Currency Press 1986; US$ 17.99

    Commissioned for the 1985 Perth Festival, this is the spirited story of the Millimurra family’s stand against government ‘protection’ policies in 1930s Australia. more...

  • Jandamarraby Steve Hawke

    Currency Press 2014; US$ 17.99

    Warrior, leader and Jalgangurru— a man bestowed with spiritual powers— Jandamarra led one of Australia’s longest and most successful campaigns to defend Aboriginal country from the encroaching white man. In 1897 while in his mid-twenties and having led the resistance successfully for years, he was tragically gunned down. During his short... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Kendrick Smithyman; Peter Simpson

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    Described as the 'sly old fox of New Zealand verse', Kendrick Smithyman is a major New Zealand poet. In Selected Poems passionate commitment to the craft of language and to a sense of place stamp the 100 poems selected by Peter Simpson. Thick with wry wit, unexpected imagery and astonishing fluency, Selected Poems demonstrates Kendrick Smithyman's... more...

  • AUP New Poets 4by Chris Tse; Erin Scudder; Harry Jones

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    The fourth book in AUP?s New Poets series brings together the work of three distinct new voices: Chris Tse, Erin Scudder and Harry Jones. The popular series, which has the aim of bringing fresh new poetry to a wider audience, began in 1999 and continued in 2002 and 2008, and has been responsible for launching the writing careers of well-known poets... more...

  • Kingdom Animaliaby Janis Freegard

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus (1707–1778) believed that it was his mission in life to catalogue everything on the planet: animals, plants, minerals – even a few mythological creatures. Janis Freegard, contrariwise, is a poet trained in botany who has arranged the poems in her witty and engaging first collection by Linnaeus? six animal classes.... more...

  • The Commonplace Bookby Elizabeth Smither

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    I read this on a sandwich board outside a coffee shop. I stopped, pulled out my notebook, and leaned against a shopfront. You?re nothing but a piece of crockery and a bit of blood. – Epictetus How sharp and bloodtinglingly lovely on a clear early autumn day. The sun sharp on the shop panes, clear shadows on the foot­paths, faces outlined in a way... more...

  • The Frame Functionby Jan Cronin

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 29.15

    From Owls do Cry to The Carpathians, the novels of Janet Frame have challenged our understanding of what fiction does. The Frame Function is a guide for those who are intrigued, stimulated, sometimes baffled by Frame?s powerful novels. In The Frame Function, Jan Cronin traces the operation of a prescriptive authorial presence within the novels to... more...

  • The Switchby Murray Edmond

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 15.99

    Exciting in its taut energy and inventive comedy, Murray Edmond's The Switch is a long poem in forty-nine parts which proceeds, not in a straight line, but in a dazzling display of repetitions, rearrangements and transformations. It's a game, a show, an entertainment and a meditation about love and the passage of time. more...

  • Kingdom Animaliaby Janis Freegard

    Auckland University Press 2011; US$ 15.99

    The poems in this first full collection from New Zealand's Janis Freegard are categorized by Linnaean taxonomy: the six sections Mammalia, Aves, Amphibia, Pisces, Insecta, and Vermes are interspersed with a seven-part poem on the topic of Carolus Linneaus himself. Here Freegard catalogs the various fantastic and artistic, anthropomorphic and objective,... more...

  • James K. Baxterby Sam Hunt

    Auckland University Press 2009; US$ 15.99

    Including 50 poems by revered New Zealand poet and social activist James K. Baxter, this unique and accessibly sized collection offers an insider's view of the man and his work from his longtime friend and fellow poet Sam Hunt. With a range of familiar and lesser-known poems dating from 1945 to 1972, and a substantial essay by Hunt, this compilation... more...