Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
Write First, Apologise Later?
The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork

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Literature

How can a book ever capture the live spirit of spoken word? Veteran of Auckland’s spoken word scene Tim Heath reviews the recent Trans-Tasman anthology Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word. Edited by David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, it includes work by Taika Waititi, Tayi Tibble, Hera Lindsay Bird, Behrouz Boochani, Selina Tusitala Marsh and many others.

Several years ago, I spent 10...

Literature

Whose intimacy and whose pain can we write, and still sleep soundly? A lyric essay by Joan Fleming.

 

“Yet I ride by the margin of that lake . . . / . . . and have a small boy’s notion of doing good”

––Robert Creeley, “The Way”

Once I took a trauma that wasn’t mine and made a poem out of it. What’s the name for that kind of power? How should I name that taking, and what is its relationship to love...

Art

Sometimes we reveal our darkest desires online, safely hidden behind the veil of the screen. Huni Mancini delves into obsession, intimacy and loneliness in Natasha Matila-Smith’s artwork.

I sift through the images and texts on her website and Instagram account, looking at her body of work. This distance leads me to create my own vantage point, imagining how they might have looked in person, and...

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Literature
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
Literature
Write First, Apologise Later?
Art
The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork
There's Something Wrong With Art Writing
Read Time: 12 mins
Art
There's Something Wrong With Art Writing
By Vanessa Crofskey
It Came From The Attic
Read Time: 20 mins
Daniel Blackball, co-founder of the recently-closed...
Music
It Came From The Attic
By Daniel Blackball
The Menace of Memory: A Review of Pōhutu
Read Time: 5 mins
Choreographer Bianca Hyslop draws upon the story of...
Theatre
The Menace of Memory: A Review of Pōhutu
By Matariki Williams
Everyday Aroha: A Review of Pakaru
Read Time: 5 mins
Winner of the prestigious Adam New Zealand Play Award...
Theatre
Everyday Aroha: A Review of Pakaru
By Josephine Parsnip
Bad Men and Bad Women: A Review of How to Take Off Your Clothes
Read Time: 7 mins
Hadassah Grace’s debut book of poetry captures the...
Literature
Bad Men and Bad Women: A Review of How to Take Off Your Clothes
By Carolyn DeCarlo
Who’s the Real Problem? On White Supremacy and Institutional Gaslighting
Read Time: 15 mins
Anisha Sankar unpacks the way institutions uphold...
Society
Who’s the Real Problem? On White Supremacy and Institutional Gaslighting
By Anisha Sankar
Loose Canons: Lucinda Bennett
Read Time: 9 mins
Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Lucinda Bennett
By Lucinda Bennett
Loose Canons: Tayi Tibble
Read Time: 10 mins
Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Tayi Tibble
By Tayi Tibble