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  • From Manoa to a Ponsonby Gardenby Albert Wendt

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Ultimately a book about ageing and the consideration of death, this collection moves from the warm valley winds of Hawai'i to the seasons of a garden in Auckland. In Hawai'i Wendt watches the changing shadows of the Ko'olau mountains from his verandah; considers the nature of mauli, the seat of life; walks protected in his partner's perfumed slipstream... 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 feelings... more...

  • Get Someby Sonja Yelich

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Sonja Yelich's Get Some is a daring departure from her previous, award-winning collection, Clung. It follows an American marine, Edgar, serving in Iraq, and the responses of his family back home to his tour of 'doody'. Yelich vividly contrasts his life with his family's, and serves up a whirlwind of perspectives on the war and contemporary American... more...

  • Glass Wingsby Fleur Adcock

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    Fleur Adcock's title refers to the transparent, glittering wings of some of the species "bees, mosquitoes, dragonflies "celebrated or lamented in a sequence of poems on encounters with arthropods, from the stick insects and crayfish of her native New Zealand to the clothes' moths that infest her London house. There is an elegy for the once abundant... 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 ? Toyota,... more...

  • HUSKby Chris Price

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    Husk is the first collection of poems by writer Chris Price. Though a debut collection, this is polished, elegant, mature work; it introduces an original new talent. The poems cover a wide range of interests, themes and tones but there is an alertness, a sense of delight about all of them. more...

  • Hammers Over the Anvilby Alan Marshall

    Allen & Unwin 2012; US$ 11.81

    A string of vignettes and short stories of life in a Victorian country township, told in the voice of the author as a boy. more...

  • Holocaust Islandby Graeme Dixon

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    This dynamic collection of poetry is the inaugural winner of the David Uniapon Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Graeme Dixon's ballards speak out on comtemporary and controversial issues, from Black deaths in custody to the struggles of single mothers. Contrasted with these are poems of spirited humour and sharp satire. In ... more...

  • Honour (NHB Modern Plays)by Joanna Murray-Smith

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    An unsettling play about infidelity seen from the perspective of the three women involved: the wife, the lover and the daughter. George and Honor have been happily married for thirty-two years. She is a successful writer, he is a revered columnist. They have a perfect understanding of each other. Until a pushy young female journalist - on an assignment... more...

  • Hot Nights, Cool Dragonsby Matt Zurbo

    Allen & Unwin 2004; US$ 18.17

    Have you ever wanted more? Original and alive with the rhythms of jazz, this is a story of hot city streets, stalking reptiles and soaring dreams from the author of Idiot Pride and Flyboy and the Invisible. more...