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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Literature

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...

Literature

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?”
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Write First, Apologise Later?
Art
The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork
The Edinburgh Dispatch
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Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, director...
Theatre
The Edinburgh Dispatch
By Nisha Madhan
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Read Time: 20 mins
Twenty-six years after The Piano, Doug Dillaman goes...
Screen
Where Are The New Zealanders At Cannes Film Festival?
By Doug Dillaman
Uneasy Territory: Tim Neale's Wild Articulations
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We talk to Tim Neale about his book on colonial legacies...
Literature
Uneasy Territory: Tim Neale's Wild Articulations
By Joe Nunweek
Divine Intervention: A Review of Anahera
Read Time: 9 mins
Adam Goodall reviews Anahera, a 2016 Adam Award finalist...
Theatre
Divine Intervention: A Review of Anahera
By Adam Goodall
The End of Satire: A Review of WMBADx: Idea Worth Spreading
Read Time: 7 mins
White Man Behind A Desk Robbie Nicol leaves his desk...
Theatre
The End of Satire: A Review of WMBADx: Idea Worth Spreading
By George Fenwick
Survival Tactics: A Review of WEiRdO
Read Time: 8 mins
Matt Loveranes reviews Waylon Edwards, Jane Yonge...
Theatre
Survival Tactics: A Review of WEiRdO
By Matt Loveranes
There's Other People: A Review of Every Brilliant Thing
Read Time: 6 mins
"You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says...
Theatre
There's Other People: A Review of Every Brilliant Thing
By Sam Brooks
Mondays Off: A Review of Revolt. She said. Revolt again
Read Time: 14 mins
Jess Bates joins the anarchy of Silo's Revolt. She...
Theatre
Mondays Off: A Review of Revolt. She said. Revolt again
By Jess Bates