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Book Review: Contents Under Pressure by Gail Ingram

I remember watching the Christchurch earthquakes from afar. In my Auckland home, a new baby at my feet, I folded washing while watching the tragedy unfold. I learnt later that apparently the 2011 earthquake which did the most damage, the one which killed, is considered by scientists to be an aftershock of the first quake … Continue reading Book Review: Contents Under Pressure by Gail Ingram

Book Review: Back Before You Know by Murray Edmonds

Reviewed for Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020, first published in March 2020: Back Before You Know stands out from other New Zealand poetry book of the last year both in its physical and poetic forms. Physically it’s a beautiful little book, appearing handmade and wrapped in card. Compound Press, who print and bind books in … Continue reading Book Review: Back Before You Know by Murray Edmonds

Origins

This essay first appeared on Newsroom under the title 'How to write about a father’s suicide' on February 12, 2020: In 2012 when I was four months pregnant and still doubled over with morning sickness, I lost my father. Isn’t that vague, as if I wore him out on a cold morning, put him down … Continue reading Origins