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...

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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
Does The Listener Even Know How to Use The Internet?
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In which Guy Somerset claims without irony that The...
Theatre
Does The Listener Even Know How to Use The Internet?
By Rosabel Tan
Tweets as Fiction: Black Box by Jennifer Egan
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Why Jennifer Egan is more exciting than Frowny Franzen...
Internet Histories
Tweets as Fiction: Black Box by Jennifer Egan
By Rosabel Tan
Eight days until I can just listen to The Boss again
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I spoke at a panel discussion on New Zealand Music...
Music
Eight days until I can just listen to The Boss again
By Joe Nunweek
'Alter Ego', by Robbie Cooper
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Robbie Cooper (b.1969) is a British artist working...
Internet Histories
'Alter Ego', by Robbie Cooper
By Joe Nunweek
Ten Short Stories I Enjoyed This Year
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Highlights from a year spent reading short stories...
Features
Ten Short Stories I Enjoyed This Year
By Rosabel Tan
No Future/No, Future (Part Two)
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The 2008 general election produced the lowest voter...
Features
No Future/No, Future (Part Two)
By Joe Nunweek
No Future/No, Future (Part One)
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"Voter turnout has been decreasing in most established...
Society
No Future/No, Future (Part One)
By Joe Nunweek
Brief, Totally Non-Electoral Update Because We Love Books
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Don't vote for anyone who is a dick on election day...
Literature
Brief, Totally Non-Electoral Update Because We Love Books
By Joe Nunweek