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
The Cock Question: On Dating While Non-binary
Read Time: 19 mins
As a non-binary person interacting on dating apps –...
Society
The Cock Question: On Dating While Non-binary
By Ellie Lee-Duncan
Always Something There to Remind Me: On Growing Up Amid Neoliberal Reforms
Read Time: 41 mins
Mary Paul talks to six Generation X Aucklanders about...
Society
Always Something There to Remind Me: On Growing Up Amid Neoliberal Reforms
By Mary Paul
The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to See in August
Read Time: 7 mins
The best art on show in the dealer galleries of Tāmaki...
Art
The Unmissables: Three Exhibitions to See in August
By Pantograph Punch
A Circle is a Sun: A Review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Earthcraft’
Read Time: 23 mins
Geometry, science fiction and appropriation of ancient...
Art
A Circle is a Sun: A Review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Earthcraft’
By Victoria Wynne-Jones
Mana Rangatahi: Young Māori on Standing with Ihumātao
Read Time: 31 mins
Ten rangatahi Māori on what standing with mana whenua...
Society
Mana Rangatahi: Young Māori on Standing with Ihumātao
By Tayi Tibble
In the Under: Being Poor and Dreaming the End of Capitalism
Read Time: 42 mins
Tulia Thompson draws on scenes from literature and...
Literature
In the Under: Being Poor and Dreaming the End of Capitalism
By Tulia Thompson
Knowing Your Tātai: Jade Kake on hapū rangatiratanga, whakapapa and Ihumātao
Read Time: 12 mins
Jade Kake on Ihumātao and the complexities of the...
Society
Knowing Your Tātai: Jade Kake on hapū rangatiratanga, whakapapa and Ihumātao
By Jade Kake
All of Our Beginnings: Motherhood in the Exhibition ‘M/other’
Read Time: 15 mins
Matariki Williams explores the diverse experiences...
Art
All of Our Beginnings: Motherhood in the Exhibition ‘M/other’
By Matariki Williams