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  • 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...

  • Photographsby Albert Wendt

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    In Albert Wendt's first collection for over a decade, snapshots of the close and familiar contrast with strange and mythical sequences from a vast Pacific epic in progress and a vivid impressionistic montage of global travel in the late twentieth century. The rich diversity and range of Photographs is astonishing, as this complex writer moves with... more...

  • Fool Moonby Murray Edmond; Joanna Forsberg

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Fool Moon is a sparkling collection by a well-known poet. Constructed in four parts for the phases of the moon, it is as lively and irreverent as ever. There are bright glimpses of faraway places, warm conversations with friends, jokes and games with words, strong theatrical elements and encounters with other writers. One poem is made up of lines... more...

  • The Lifeguardby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    ‘You have to start somewhere / in these morose times? begins the title sequence of this collection, in which the dual, duelling lifeguards of east and west, sunrise and sunset, glib Narcissus and one-eyed Polyphemus, watch over a collection that explores the contradictions between life?s pool-side surfaces and frightening undertows. Ian Wedde?s poet... more...

  • Good Businessby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Ian Wedde?s new poetry collection Good Business, his fourteenth, finds him still in business. At the heart of the book is a stunning sequence, ‘Good Business?, at once an ode to walking the side-streets of central Wellington and an elegy for the poet?s father. Quietly hilarious, the poems are titled after Wellington businesses and institutions –... more...

  • Spells for Coming Outby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    A collection of poems by one of New Zealand's major poets, Spells for Coming Out exhibits a unity derived from mood and circumstance. Memories of Europe, regrets at the absence of 'friends, fugitives and lovers', dominate the opening section, and recur later when the physical scene before the poet is Mount Cargill and Otago Harbour. The feeling is... more...

  • Cold Snackby Janet Charman

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    cold snack is an immensely readable collection, among the most accessible that well-loved poet Janet Charman has written. The book brims with poems of suburbia, families, workplaces, ordinary life. In the first section Charman explores the pains and pleasures (mostly the pains) of becoming a schoolteacher in midlife, ‘rerouted back to class?—the fish-swim... more...

  • Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beautyby Ian Wedde

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Five extended poems linked by themes of beauty and language make up Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty, a new collection from one of the best New Zealand poets writing today. The long poem gives Wedde room to explore these themes in detail, weaving back and forth, accumulating phrases, images and sounds, always with characteristic exuberance and... more...

  • Fast Talking PIby Selina Tusitala Marsh

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Fast Talking PI is the first ‘singular, confident and musical? collection of poetry by Auckland writer Selina Tusitala Marsh. ‘Tusitala? means writer of tales in Samoan, and Marsh here lives up to her name with stories of her life, her family, community, ancestry, and history. Her poetry is sensuous and strong, using lush imagery, clear rhythms and... more...

  • Snowing Down Southby Janet Charman

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    This is a fifth collection of poems by a well-established poet. In Snowing Down South, Janet Charman recalls her childhood, full of voices and stories, and in writing preserves bits of New Zealand?s past as well as her own and her family?s. The poems range over an era in all its colour and detail and should strike chords with many readers. more...