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  • The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spiderby Janis Freegard

    Autumn Hill Books 2013; US$ 5.99

    The humorous free verse poetry in this labyrinthine web of words introduces the character of Alice Spider, a metaphoric character and source of inspiration to the poet who embodies the contradiction of a woman's desires as she grows up in the modern world. Alice Spider spins the words into a prose-like story, dancing them around until they spill onto... more...

  • Limenby Susan Hawthorne

    Spinifex Press 2013; US$ 14.99

    When two women and a dog set off on a holiday, they have no inkling of what?s to come. They wake to find the river has crept up silently during the night. Trapped by floodwater, they devise escape routes only to be faced with more obstacles at every turn. Only the dog remains calm. This poetic novella grips you with its language, its pace, and its... more...

  • In Continentsby Richard Reeve

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    In his third collection, In Continents, Richard Reeve examines a catalogue of historical incidents – from the violence of Tiberius and Edward III to the death of James Cook?s Polynesian companion, Tupaia – to illustrate the habitual barbarity, selfishness and stupidity of humans, in counterpoint with our prospective responsibility as stewards of the... more...

  • The Settler's Plotby Alex Calder

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 29.15

    Europeans arrive on a beach, make markets and push inland. They take the land and transform it. They make themselves at home; they dream of other places. And the stories they write take shape in settings – the beach, the farm, the bush, the suburb – that become imaginary versions of actual places. Those settings sometimes host stories that are too... more...

  • Calypsoby Bob Orr

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Following his very popular collection Valparaiso, poet Bob Orr presents his new book Calypso. Orr?s poems have a wistful yet forceful beauty, presenting images with depth, colour, light, and the narrative drive and cadences of a true storyteller. In the first of Calypso?s four sections, ‘Purple Octopus?, the poet guides us on a voyage though space... more...

  • Fast Talkerby David Eggleton

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    A collection of poetry by a self-confessed ‘ranter?, Fast Talker is energetic, contemporary, and filled with an emphatic, punchy political and social awareness. Some of the poems are indeed Eggleton?s well-known ‘rants? – part showman patter, part incantation, part prophetic diatribe – that range helter skelter over the Kiwi psyche, the South Pacific,... more...

  • The Tram Conductor's Blue Capby Michael Harlow

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Poetry, Michael Harlow writes, is when words sing. In The Tram Conductor?s Blue Cap, words do sing; they also shout and whisper, riddle and recur, express and evade. Though these poems are often allegorical and philosophical, the real underlies the imagined (while the imagination invents the real), so we meet a stranger in the Oyster Bar at Grand... more...

  • Selected Poems of James K. Baxterby Paul Millar

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    By 1972, when James K. Baxter died aged just 46, his colourful life and distinctive poetry had captured the imagination of New Zealanders as no literary figure before him. Selected Poems of James K. Baxter is a new generous and authoritative selection of Baxter?s verse for general readers and students by New Zealand?s leading Baxter scholar, Paul... more...

  • The Gas Leakby Anna Jackson

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    A thoughtful, disturbing and darkly funny new collection by Anna Jackson, The Gas Leak offers a glimpse of the gaps and cracks that can exist between family members in everyday life. In the first section, a gas-fitter slips in and out of his own and other people?s lives with his ‘master key?, concerned by his strained marriage and his adulterous... more...

  • In the Glass Caseby C. K. Stead

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 29.15

    Over a quarter of a century, C. K. Stead has built up a widely accessible collection of reviews and critical essays on New Zealand literature. In the Glass Case covers a wide spectrum of New Zealand writers, who are examined from a remarkably consistent viewpoint. The title is symbolic: New Zealand books were once held in a glass-fronted bookcase... more...