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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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...

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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
Internet Histories | 6 August
Read Time: 7 mins
The first in a fortnightly series of Cool Stuff We...
Internet Histories
Internet Histories | 6 August
By Matt Harnett
This Is What The New Avalanche City Song Sounds Like On Top Of The Previous Avalanche City Song
Read Time: 2 mins
Could this ever be the sound of courage? I think it...
Music
This Is What The New Avalanche City Song Sounds Like On Top Of The Previous Avalanche City Song
By Joe Nunweek
National Poetry Day! Yeah, It's a Real Thing
Read Time: 9 mins
It's National Poetry Day! To celebrate, Rosabel talks...
Features
National Poetry Day! Yeah, It's a Real Thing
By Rosabel Tan
Eight Contemporary Poets I Love and Two Dead Guys II
Read Time: 16 mins
Continuing on from Part I, Hera shares five more poets...
Features
Eight Contemporary Poets I Love and Two Dead Guys II
By Hera Lindsay Bird
Eight Contemporary Poets I Love and Two Dead Guys I
Read Time: 19 mins
In anticipation of National Poetry Day this Friday...
Features
Eight Contemporary Poets I Love and Two Dead Guys I
By Hera Lindsay Bird
Truth and Reconciliation
Read Time: 3 mins
How does a nation go about 'replacing myth with fact...
Society
Truth and Reconciliation
By Matt Harnett
Urban Legend: An interview with Dove-Myer Robinson's Biographer
Read Time: 19 mins
He's best known to the 21st century as central Auckland...
Profiles
Urban Legend: An interview with Dove-Myer Robinson's Biographer
By Joe Nunweek
Those Smaller Reverberations: Fictional Meals
Read Time: 3 mins
Novels can sometimes have a profound impact, while...
Art
Those Smaller Reverberations: Fictional Meals
By Rosabel Tan