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

Featured

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...

Featured

Literature
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
Empire in Flames: Kushana Bush on Crucifixions, Circumcisions and Black Magic
Read Time: 24 mins
Currently on show at City Gallery Wellington alongside...
Art
Empire in Flames: Kushana Bush on Crucifixions, Circumcisions and Black Magic
By Megan Dunn
Review: Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
Read Time: 4 mins
Joseph Harper on the empty emotional pornography of...
Theatre
Review: Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
By Joseph Harper
Slippery Questions: The Role of Ethics in Art
Read Time: 16 mins
Melissa Laing asks what it means to create ethical...
Art
Slippery Questions: The Role of Ethics in Art
By Melissa Laing
Creative Thinkers of Christchurch: Amiria Kiddle
Read Time: 10 mins
Brie Sherow talks to Amiria Kiddle as part of a series...
Art
Creative Thinkers of Christchurch: Amiria Kiddle
By Brie Sherow
Dirty Politics
Read Time: 8 mins
While Dirty Politics continues to reverberate, life...
Internet Histories
Dirty Politics
By Anna Bracewell-Worrall
So You Want to Rebrand New Zealand...
Read Time: 5 mins
Ad man Jono Aidney brings his experience to bear on...
Society
So You Want to Rebrand New Zealand...
By Jono Aidney
Out at Sea: On Taking a Year off and Building a Boat
Read Time: 28 mins
Society
Out at Sea: On Taking a Year off and Building a Boat
By Melissa Laing
On The Book of Everything
Read Time: 9 mins
Sam Brooks on The Book of Everything, Silo Theatre...
Theatre
On The Book of Everything
By Sam Brooks