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
The Machine Stops
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Internet Histories
The Machine Stops
By Hugh Lilly
The Space Race Is Over
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Internet Histories
The Space Race Is Over
By Joe Nunweek
How to Make Your Urine Glow in the Dark
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Society
How to Make Your Urine Glow in the Dark
By Rosabel Tan
Hell is Empty and All The Devils are Here
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Internet Histories
Hell is Empty and All The Devils are Here
By Rosabel Tan
What Really Went On Here? We Only Have This Excerpt
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Music
What Really Went On Here? We Only Have This Excerpt
By Joe Nunweek
Here's the Situation
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Internet Histories
Here's the Situation
By Rosabel Tan
If You Ain’t Dutch, You Ain’t Much:An Interview with Tom Six
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Tom Six is lost in thought. “Beautiful women,” he...
Screen
If You Ain’t Dutch, You Ain’t Much:An Interview with Tom Six
By Matt Harnett
The Undergraduate Fiction of Wes Anderson
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Screen
The Undergraduate Fiction of Wes Anderson
By Hugh Lilly