takahe 93 – August 2018


Editorial: Gail Ingram
Guest Art: Jane Zusters
Guest Fiction: Sarah Laing
Guest Poetry: Karen Zelas

The 2018 Poetry Competition is closing on August 31st


Cathy Adams – Driving Out The Silence
Lawrence Chizak – My Devil and Me
Stephen Coates – At the End of the Day
Nod Ghosh – Muscle
Matthew Gore – Forget Me Not
David Hill – Taking Shape
Sarah Laing – Hair/cut
Hannah-May Lee – Almost Christmas
Emer Lyons – The Girl With The Spoon In Her Eye
Ria Masae – Behind Windows and Crosses
Himali McInnes – Mr Patel
Sugu Pillay – Ramses II Is Dead My Love
Elizabeth Smither – The Soul Of Kate

Flash Fiction:

Isabel Haarhaus – Words For Healing #1: Grave Clothes
Marjory Woodfield – Knitting a blanket for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa


Karen Zelas – With tumult and turmoil
Wálé Àyìnlá – What it means to save yourself
Liz Breslin – two poems
Chris Cantillon – The Old Nurse
Brent Cantwell – health and safety
Ben Egerton– three poems
Craig Evenson – two poems
John Ewen – two poems
Devin Guthrie – two poems
Michael Hall – two poems
Jenna Heller – Winter is a sheet of music
Leslie McKay – My Body Lyrical
Samantha Montgomerie – Carvings
Jilly O’Brien – My engagement ring belonged to my mother
Kelly Pope – aperture
Vaughan Rapatahana – two poems
David Schaumann – The day the asteroid fell
Ojo Taiye – My Language, My Home
Lynette Thorstensen – To Let Go
Rosana Vakatini – Inheritance
Tam Vosper – two poems
Marjory Woodfield – The Sweetness of Oud

Art and Essays:

Antony Millen – From the North
Jane Zusters – Is There Anybody Home (Photo Essay)


John Addams, Rumpelstiltskin Blues. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell.
Fleur Adcock, Hoard. Reviewed by Catherine Fitchett.
Airini Beautrais, Flow. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell
Michael Belgrave, Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885. Reviewed by Michael Reilly
Michael Botur, Lowlife, Short Stories. Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts
Janet Charman, Surrender. Reviewed by Elizabeth Coleman
Bonnie Etherington, The Earth Cries Out. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Jan FitzGerald, Wayfinder. Reviewed by Jessie Neilson
Rogelio Guedea, Punctuation: poems, with translations by Roger Hickin. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Trish Harris, My Wide White Bed. Reviewed by Liz Breslin
Helen Heath, Are Friends Electric? Reviewed by Janet Charman
Jan Hutchinson, Kinds of Hunger. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Lloyd Jones, The Cage. Reviewed by Janet Charman
Erik Kennedy, Twenty-Six Factitions. Reviewed by Elizabeth Coleman
Anna Livesey, Ordinary Time. Reviewed by Liz Breslin
John Newton, Hard Frost: Structures of Feeling in New Zealand Literature 1908-1945. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
James Norcliffe, Dark Days at the Oxygen Café. Reviewed by Olivia Macassey
Michael O’Leary, Collected Poems 1981-2016. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Mark Pirie, editor, Boots. Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts
Priscilla Pitts & Andrea Hotere, UNDREAMED OF … 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. Reviewed by Cassandra Fusco
Jenny Powell, South D Poet Lorikeet. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Renée, These Two Hands, a memoir. Reviewed by Judith Cleine
Lorraine Ritchie, editor. Listening with my Heart: Poems by Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Damian Ruth, On Edge. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell
Ian Rockel, What know you, stars? Reviewed by Jessie Neilson
Elizabeth Smither, Night Horse. Reviewed by Carolyn McCurdie
Mark Stocker and Conal McCarthy, editors, Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance:
Essays in memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki.
Reviewed by Cassandra Fusco
Various NZ authors, Summer Days, Stories and Poems Celebrating the Kiwi Summer. Reviewed by Anna Smith
Louise Wallace, BAD THINGS. Reviewed by Siobhan Harvey
Ian Wedde, Selected Poems. Reviewed by Patricia Prime
Brendaniel Weir, Tane’s War. Reviewed by Janet Charman
Jonathan West, The Face of Nature, an environmental history of the Otago Peninsula. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell
Tom Weston, What is Left Behind. Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts
Keith Westwater, No One Home: A Boyhood Memoir in Letters and Poems. Reviewed by S J Mannion
Cat Woodward, Sphinx. Reviewed by Mary Cresswell
Karen Zelas, The Trials of Minnie Dean: a verse biography. Reviewed by Jeremy Roberts.

Cover image: Jane Zusters

Published by: The Takahē Collective Trust, PO Box 13-335, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand.
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