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Archive for April, 2009

We Will Remember Them Also

On Anzac Day a theatrical commemoration of those who didn’t fight

It’s generally accepted that the majority of New Zealanders today oppose war and advocate for more peaceful resolutions to conflict. Yet on Anzac Day those conscientious objectors who made difficult stands for this position historically still get limited acknowledgement.

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Haiku for the Recession

Poem of the Week: Haiku for the Recession

By David Geary

tea stained fingers
two cups squeezed from one bag
I am my mother

Reinventing Edison

The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World, by Randall Stross
New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007. Reviewed by Review by ED MASON

In our 21st century era of entrepreneurship, celebrity and financial boom and bust we may need to be reminded we aren’t the first generation to live in such interesting and challenging times. A new biography of a man who embodied his era better than most is particularly timely.

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How to Grow Old Safely


With news like Officials close gagging rest home and Name and shame plan for bad rest homes hitting New Zealand headlines, it is clear how vulnerable older members of our community can be.

Ready for Anything, by barrister, journalist and New Zealand author Catriona MacLennan offers people the chance to plan ahead by arming themselves with the necessary information and tools to live happily, safely and well.

Through her book Ms MacLennan shows how a little preparation can save people from the legal and financial minefields of old age. Read more »

Instead of Optimism

Mark Young, Lunch Poems, Soapbox Press, Auckland, 2009.
Michael Steven, Centreville Springs, Kilmog Press, Dunedin, 2009.

From 1951 until his violent death in 1966, Frank O’Hara spent his weekdays at the Museum of Modern Art, working his way from the gift shop till to a senior curator’s office. In his lunch hours O’Hara liked to walk the streets around the museum, eat a sandwich, drink a coffee, and write a poem or two about whatever he saw and whatever was on his mind. When Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Press had published the Lunch Poems in 1964, O’Hara was established as one of the leading members of the ‘New York School’ of postwar poets that also included John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch.

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