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
Hold On To The Rail: A Conversation With Roger Shepherd of Flying Nun (Part One)
Read Time: 12 mins
Music
Hold On To The Rail: A Conversation With Roger Shepherd of Flying Nun (Part One)
By Joe Nunweek
The Bleak Entrepreneur (Or, TV That Could Have Been)
Read Time: 4 mins
Internet Histories
The Bleak Entrepreneur (Or, TV That Could Have Been)
By Joe Nunweek
A Visit To The Online World Of Flesh-Eaters
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
A Visit To The Online World Of Flesh-Eaters
By Rosabel Tan
Some Pun Based Around The Letter 'b' Goes Here
Read Time: 16 mins
Music
Some Pun Based Around The Letter 'b' Goes Here
By Joe Nunweek
The Social Network: The Screenplay
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
The Social Network: The Screenplay
By Rosabel Tan
Cinephilia in the Internet Age
Read Time: 2 mins
Internet Histories
Cinephilia in the Internet Age
By Hugh Lilly
Scared Famous: Ariel Pink Steps Into The Light
Read Time: 9 mins
Music
Scared Famous: Ariel Pink Steps Into The Light
By Joe Nunweek
They Were There
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
They Were There
By Hugh Lilly