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
Caught in the thirst trap: White gaze on black bodies
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Lana Lopesi outlines the politics of sexual fantasies...
Society
Caught in the thirst trap: White gaze on black bodies
By Lana Lopesi
Speaking Power to the Truth: The Political Assassination of Metiria Turei
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Giovanni Tiso on New Zealand media and the swimming...
Society
Speaking Power to the Truth: The Political Assassination of Metiria Turei
By Giovanni Tiso
Towards Variations on a Theme: Considering 'Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show'
Read Time: 29 mins
Francis McWhannell on Auckland Art Gallery's 'Necessary...
Art
Towards Variations on a Theme: Considering 'Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show'
By Francis McWhannell
Finding Songs For Parents: The Good, The Bad and the Sappy
Read Time: 26 mins
Why aren't there more songs about the experience of...
Music
Finding Songs For Parents: The Good, The Bad and the Sappy
By Gareth Shute
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
Read Time: 13 mins
After experiencing racism in Tauranga firsthand, Shilo...
Society
Tauranga: Where Racism Has Reared Its Ugly Head
By Shilo Kino
Submerging Artist
Read Time: 20 mins
Megan Dunn on the gradual and torturous process of...
Art
Submerging Artist
By Megan Dunn
Outside Looking In: Remembering James K Baxter and Jerusalem
Read Time: 28 mins
Elizabeth Beattie follows the radical NZ poet's steps...
Literature
Outside Looking In: Remembering James K Baxter and Jerusalem
By Elizabeth Beattie
The Life and Death of the Political Author
Read Time: 8 mins
Giovanni Tiso on the democratic importance of Hager...
Society
The Life and Death of the Political Author
By Giovanni Tiso