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?”
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Write First, Apologise Later?
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The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith’s Artwork
Workshop: A Toolkit for Art Writers - Hamilton edition
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Workshop: A Toolkit for Art Writers - Hamilton edition
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Hell is Other People: A Review of Uma Lava
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Theatre
Hell is Other People: A Review of Uma Lava
By Sepelini Mua’au
Who Gets to Dance, and Who Gets to Speak? A Review of POWER
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Theatre
Who Gets to Dance, and Who Gets to Speak? A Review of POWER
By Rachael Longshaw-Park
To Embrace and To Occupy: An Interview with Chen Chen
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Vanessa Crofskey speaks with Chen Chen about language...
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To Embrace and To Occupy: An Interview with Chen Chen
By Vanessa Crofskey
Skin in the Game: Not-a-review of My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak
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Saraid de Silva Cameron praises Ahi Karunaharan's...
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Skin in the Game: Not-a-review of My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak
By Saraid de Silva Cameron
Loose Canons: Malia Johnston
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Award-winning choreographer and director and Malia...
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Loose Canons: Malia Johnston
By Malia Johnston
Uneasy Seas: Attraction and Auē
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Jessie Bray Sharpin on two debut novels that reckon...
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Uneasy Seas: Attraction and Auē
By Jessie Bray Sharpin
Loose Canons: Lucinda Bennett
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Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists...
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Loose Canons: Lucinda Bennett
By Lucinda Bennett