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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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
Baby Gatekeepers
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Approaching the end of her study, Pākehā publishing...
Literature
Baby Gatekeepers
By Madison Hamill
The Tiger Cub
Read Time: 33 mins
A personal essay from Rose Lu’s debut book, All Who...
Literature
The Tiger Cub
By Rose Lu
Paper Cuts: A Zine on Zinemaking in Aotearoa & Asia
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A zine about zines: Nina Mingya Powles makes a zine...
Art
Paper Cuts: A Zine on Zinemaking in Aotearoa & Asia
By Nina Mingya Powles
To Embrace and To Occupy: An Interview with Chen Chen
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Vanessa Crofskey speaks with Chen Chen about language...
Literature
To Embrace and To Occupy: An Interview with Chen Chen
By Vanessa Crofskey
The Art of Protest
Read Time: 16 mins
Ten New Zealand artworks from ‘Protest Tautohetohe...
Art
The Art of Protest
By Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai Cairns
Painting With Whenua: An Interview with Raukura Turei
Read Time: 10 mins
Raukura Turei paints with natural clay pigment, evoking...
Art
Painting With Whenua: An Interview with Raukura Turei
By Jade Kake
Greetings from Hong Kong
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After more than 18 weeks amidst pro-democracy protests...
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Greetings from Hong Kong
By Sharon Lam
The Essence of the Book: A Review of Owls Do Cry
Read Time: 8 mins
Red Leap goes bold in the first theatre adaptation...
Theatre
The Essence of the Book: A Review of Owls Do Cry
By Rachael Longshaw-Park