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...

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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?
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The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork
Return to Places Unknown
Read Time: 34 mins
A personal essay about tracing family history and...
Literature
Return to Places Unknown
By Janna Tay
The Power of the Pussy Bow: Fighting Back Against Rape-Art
Read Time: 21 mins
On her first international art residency, Wellington...
Art
The Power of the Pussy Bow: Fighting Back Against Rape-Art
By Emily Hartley-Skudder
The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to See in September
Read Time: 7 mins
The best art on show in the dealer galleries of Tāmaki...
Art
The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to See in September
By Pantograph Punch
Is Tom Cruise Actually A Japanese Warrior Hiding Out in Taranaki?
Read Time: 17 mins
Reflections on Yuichiro Tamura’s Milky Mountain at...
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Is Tom Cruise Actually A Japanese Warrior Hiding Out in Taranaki?
By Vanessa Crofskey
A Crock-pot of Crack-ups: On Aroha Bridge
Read Time: 7 mins
Miriama Aoake reflects on the complexity and hilarity...
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A Crock-pot of Crack-ups: On Aroha Bridge
By Miriama Aoake
Machines for Pleasure: An Interview with Elizabeth Knox
Read Time: 16 mins
​Elizabeth Knox talks with Pip Adam about writing...
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Machines for Pleasure: An Interview with Elizabeth Knox
By Pip Adam
Bodies of Water: A Conversation Between essa may Ranapiri and Eliana Gray
Read Time: 15 mins
Poets essa may ranapiri and Eliana Gray discuss the...
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Bodies of Water: A Conversation Between essa may Ranapiri and Eliana Gray
By essa may ranapiri and Eliana Gray
Hurting in Different Ways: A Review of Life on Volcanoes
Read Time: 5 mins
Five of New Zealand’s best essayists break personal...
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Hurting in Different Ways: A Review of Life on Volcanoes
By Veronica Maughan