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poems by Dinah Hawken
drawings by John Edgar

Twenty-one new poems by distinguished poet Dinah Hawken together with eight drawings from stone rubbings in crayons and pencils byleading sculptor John Edgar. Poet and artist have worked closely together for several years to produce this profound and moving book... [more]

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Always My Sister
Michelanne Forster

Always My Sister, a new play by Michelanne Forster, is based on a murder that took place in Devonport in the 1840s and explores domestic violence. Michelanne Forster wrote the play while she held The University of Auckland residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in 2011. The centre is located in the old Signalman’s House on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport.  Forster became fascinated with a true story loosely associated with the Signalman’s House: the brutal murder of a naval officer, his wife and daughter in their Devonport home... [more]

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The Place of Stones
Martin Edmond. Images by Maggie Hall

Since the publication of Autobiography of My Father (1992), Martin Edmond has become established as one of Australasia’s best prose writers, working mostly in the genre of creative non-fiction.The Place of Stones includes five new and previously unpublished essays, namely, ‘The Pink & White Terraces’, ‘On Stones’, ‘Luogo di Pietra’, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Beyond Tnorala’. New Zealand-born and resident in Sydney, Australia, Edmond ranges across both countries in these powerfully evocative essays, and sometimes, too, into realms of dream and the imagination. The essays are accompanied by nine colour photographs by Maggie Hall... [more]

The Place of Stones

you're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me
David Howard. Images by Peter Ransom

David Howard is the only writer to have served as pyrotechnics supervisor for Metallica, Janet Jackson and the All Blacks, to have been formally acknowledged by the author of the Oxford monograph John Locke & Natural Philosophy, and to have spent thirty-five years compiling one book: The Incomplete Poems (Cold Hub Press, 2011). He is also a winner of the Gordon & Gotch Poetry Award, the NZ Poetry Society Competition, the NZSA Mid-Career Writers Award, and the University of South Pacific Press Poetry Prize. David's collaboration with Peter Ransom revisits punk Christchurch in the 1970s and 80s... [more]

Launch notes by Paula Green

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UNDER NEW STARS: Poems of the New Zealand Exile. German and English. Karl Wolfskehl
Translations by Andrew Paul Wood, Margot Ruben, Dean and Renate Koch, edited by Friedrich Voit

Karl Wolfskehl (1869-1948) was probably the most prominent literary figure among the refugees from Nazi Germany who came to New Zealand in the 1930s. Aged 69 when he arrived in this country, Wolfskehl wrote his finest poetry here in the last decade of his life. Until now little work by this important poet has been available in English translation. Now Andrew Paul Wood of Christchurch has added many new translations to existing versions by Margot Ruben and Dean and Renate Koch to provide a substantial bi-lingual selection of the work of Wolfskehl’s New Zealand exile, including his masterpiece Job or The Four Mirrors. UNDER NEW STARS is edited by Dr Friedrich Voit (University of Auckland), an internationally acknowledged authority on Wolfskehl’s life and work.... [more]

Launch speech by Len Bell

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Murray Edmond. Illustrated by Joanna Forsberg

Travelling changes your world and the world changes as you travel.  Three Travels consists of three poetic records - a bike ride into eastern Poland ("Narrow Roads to the East"), a trip to the Highlands of Scotland ("Ancestral Routes"), and a circumnavigation of the volcanic plateau of Te Ika a Maui/the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand ("Coming Round the Mountain"). The poetry that records these travels is loosely based on Japanese poem sequences, strings of haiku or tanka... [more]

Comments given by Lisa Samuels at the launch of Three Travels, at the Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Friday, 27 April , 2012.

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Notes on Printing, Publishing and Painting by Leo Bensemann

Edited and with an introduction & notes by Peter Simpson

Dark Arts contains Leo Bensemann’s thoughts on a range of the activities which occupied him through a long and busy career from the 1930s to the 1980s: the history of printing, typography, calligraphy, book design, book illustration, graphic arts, and histories of two seminal institutions to which he was central: The Caxton Press and The Group (1927-77). Most of the essays have never been published and were found among Bensemann’s papers... [more]

the green bicycle
Poems by Chris Price, Drawings by Max Gimblett, Music by Jonathan Besser

In this  three-way cross-media collaboration, Jonathan Besser’s music – a fusion of East and West with the Indonesian gamelan prominent – appears as facsimiles of his  hand-written scores... Max Gimblett listened to this music continuously as he made the brilliantly colourful double-page ink drawings...Chris Price’s title poem (plus smaller pieces) – written in Menton , France, in response to the drawings and music – is a vivid and lively excursion in magic realism... [more]

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Bill Direen

Written by Bill Direen during his tenure of the University of Auckland/Michael King Centre/Creative New Zealand Literary Fellowship in 2010.... Devonport: A Diary  (which is accompanied by Esplanade, a brief related fiction) is a lively, thoughtful and idiosyncratic collocation of observations on landscape and culture, reflections on writing and a spirited record of daily living in a rich marine, domestic and urban environment new to the returning New Zealander... [more]

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Photographs By Mari Mahr. Poems By Gregory O’Brien.
Afterword By Jenny Bornholdt

... Mahr’s photographs  date from the time when her late husband Graham Percy first became very ill. Percy was a New Zealand-born artist, illustrator, typographer and designer, and many of Mahr’s images register his presence. In the context of the city of Edinburgh, objects such as a paint brush, an open book and an ancestral fob watch become private monuments to his life and work. Much of Mahr’s photographic work is concerned with architectural forms and constructions; here it is the architecture of grief at stake. Collage-like, Mahr’s methodology is one of salvage, holding on to and making visible that which remains.  O’Brien’s brief and imaginative poems are tender memorials in verse and prose to places and people: ‘nothing/out lives you/you live/on’... [more]

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Poems & Drawings By
Lisa Samuels

Lisa Samuels writes: Spanish, drawings, and dislocated English come together in this book’s poetic experiments with writing death, that ‘global language I can’t speak.’ The poems of Mama Mortality Corridos dwell in the realm of error that seems to characterize the relation of death to the human consciousness, ‘dense and fell y verdaderamente / o.k. her straight and bones made / strong and well….’ In its lyrics and fragments, moments and aftermaths, allusions and adornos, Mama Mortality Corridos slides ‘acidly through troth.’... [more]

The text of a talk given by Emily Perkins at the launch of Mama Mortality Corridos, at the Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Thursday, 2 December, 2010.

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Edited by Pamela Gordon & Denis Harold

This engaging and often moving book collects the letters between two of New Zealand’s greatest writers, supplemented by extracts from published and unpublished memoirs and journals, with some poems, facsimiles of letters and a frontispiece photograph (taken by poet Ruth Dallas) of Frame and Brasch at his cottage in Broad Bay, Otago Peninsula, in 1966. Starting in 1949, when Frame was a shy young writer approaching the august editor of Landfall, and documenting their deepening friendship up to the time of Brasch’s death in 1973, the material has been selected and arranged by Janet Frame’s niece, Pamela Gordon, and Denis Harold, on behalf of the Janet Frame Literary Trust... [more]

The text of a talk given by Elizabeth Smither at the launch of Dear Charles Dear Janet, at the Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Thursday, 26 August, 2010.

The Listener review   |    NZ Herald review

Edited and with an Afterword by Roger Horrocks

“B.ody English” was Len Lye’s catch-all term for all forms of communication that incorporate a physical dimension – from “body language” (which includes gesture, stance, and facial expression) to surprising combinations of words that function as an “umbilical cord from brain to body”. Roger Horrocks has brought together lively texts from different phases of Lye’s career which focus on this concept central to his aesthetics and combined them with ten “doodles”, free-wheeling drawings which share some of the same qualities of “old brain” imagination, physicality and implied motion... [more]

The text of a talk given by Murray Edmond at the launch of Body English, at the Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Friday 27 November, 2009

Body English

T H E  F R U I T S  O F
Murray Edmond / Joanna Forsberg

Murray Edmond's texts, poetry and prose, present a series of stories, fragments, vignettes, situations and scenes to tell an anachronistic version of the Eros and Psyche story. The writing draws on Apuleius's The Golden Calf, from which the Eros and Psyche story originates, for its shifts of tone from ironic to tender to comic to farcical to tragic to absurd. Edmond first treated this story over thirty years ago in his poem 'Psyche.'  This time the whole book's interplay of the texts with Joanna Forsberg's photographic images is integrated into the roller-coaster love story of Eros and Psyche... [more]

The Fruits of

Alan Loney / Max Gimblett

On a visit to New York in 2005, Alan Loney saw eight paintings in Max Gimblett's studio (a ninth was already in the possession of John Yau) of a variety of fish in a set of ambiguous relationships with the moon. These so intrigued the poet that he wrote nine poems in response to them. Realising that if a letterpress edition were to be produced of the poems, and that the paintings could not be reproduced by that process, a set of fresh drawings was done by the artist in the response to the poems. The nine drawings are printed in a variety of colours, with each poem printed over the drawing in metallic inks... [more]