takahe 90 – August 2017

Editorial: Andrew Paul Wood

Guest Art: Rebecca Harris
Guest Fiction: Eileen Merriman
Guest Poetry: Olivia Macassey

Competitions: The 2017 Poetry Competition is closing on August 31st
takahē 2017 Poetry Competition
The 2017 Short Story Competition will be opening on September 1st


Sarah Beall – Rendezvous in Hong Kong
Natasha Bland – You Just Never Know
Whitney Cox – Holding
Heather Elder – A Birthday
Shirley Eng – The Summons
Janis Freegard – Silas and Luke
Susanna Gendall – Speaking English
Aaron Horrell – Grandad’s Wake
Gail Ingram – Morse Codes, Dolphins, Detours and Other Signs
Robert Kostuck – Sparrow
Eileen Merriman – Artichoke Tears
Vaughan Rapatahana – He Koha


Olivia Macassey – five poems
Brent Cantwell – two poems
Semira Davis – two poems
Adam Day – four poems
Doc Drumheller – two poems
Christopher Evans– The Courtroom Artist Enters Her Blue Period
Susan Jacobs – two poems
Rose Journeaux – The Never Lived
Robert McLean – three poems
Greg Moglia – The Gloves
Keith Nunes – Three Poems
I. K. Paterson-Harkness – three poems
Sarah Penwarden – Conversion
Jane Simpson – Feminine Construct
Ronnie Smart – From Ashes On
Deborah Faith Thompson – two poems
Dunstan Ward – two poems

Art and Essays:

Robyn Maree Pickens – This Is Not A Life (Winner of the takahē magazine Essay Competition 2007)
Talia Marshall – Macrons
Frankie McMillan – Supra Terrestrial: the art of Rebecca Harris (Interview)


Jane Carswell, Talk of Treasure. Reviewed by Jessie Neilson.
John Dickson, Mister Hamilton. Reviewed by Patricia Prime.
Bill Direen, Enclosures 2. Reviewed by Erik Kennedy.
Brentley Frazer, Aboriginal to Nowhere. Reviewed by Patricia Prime.
Paula Green, New York Pocket Book. Reviewed by Erik Kennedy.
Vaughan Gunson, Big Love Songs. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell
Rob Hack, Everything is Here. Reviewed by Janet Newman.
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Blood Ties: new and selected poems, 1963-2016. Reviewed by Patricia Prime.
Jan Hutchinson, The Happiness of Rain. Reviewed by Patricia Prime.
Gerri Kimber and Claire Davison, editors. The Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield 1898-1922. and Sarah Laing Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir. Reviewed by Olivia Macassey.
Rebecca Larsen, Hoe, hoe, hoea te waka Row, Row, Row Your Waka, Reviewed by Cassandra Fusco.
Wes Lee, Shooting Gallery. Reviewed by Carolyn McCurdie.
Stephen Oliver, GONE: Satirical Poems: New & Selected. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Alan Roddick, Getting It Right: Poems 1968–2015. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell.
Jane Simpson, A world without maps. Reviewed by Patricia Prime.
Elizabeth Stanley, The Road to Hell, State Violence against Children in Postwar New Zealand. Reviewed by Marie Connolly.
MaryJane Thomson, Songs of the City. Reviewed by Patricia Prime.
Alexandra Tidswell, Lewisville. Reviewed by Elizabeth Coleman.

Cover image: Rebecca HarrisMs Tunnel the Stargazer, Oil on panel, 650x530mm, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Published by: The Takahē Collective Trust, PO Box 13-335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand.
Art Editor: Andrew Wood. Database: Catherine Fitchett. Essays Editor: Andrew Wood. Fiction Editors: Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford. Poetry Editor: James Norcliffe. Proofreader: Mary Cresswell. Reviews Editor: Cassandra Fusco. Treasurer: Erik Kennedy. Web Master and Online Layout: Brad McNeur.