Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
Write First, Apologise Later?

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Romance novels are more than cringey sex and Fabio in a kilt. Alie Benge discovers the power of the female as she becomes the genre's latest convert.

My MA classmates and I met in a Newtown barn, our first post-hand-in reunion. I was about to start the third full rewrite of my book-length thesis after reconceptualising it again. I needed money, and a job that wasn’t creatively draining. The kind of work...

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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...

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Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
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Write First, Apologise Later?
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Relax, Don't Do It: A Review of Pleasuredome
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Believing in 'New Zealand': The South Island Myth revisited
By Michael Grimshaw
A Second Chance: Of Hearts and Hospitals
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A Second Chance: Of Hearts and Hospitals
By Max Harris
Plastic Fantastic: The Endurance of the Tupperware Party
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This Could Be It
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This Could Be It
By Max Harris
I’m Sick of Words Like ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Representation’
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Julie Zhu challenges empty rhetoric in her speech...
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I’m Sick of Words Like ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Representation’
By Julie Zhu