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Then It Was Now AgainThen It Was Now Again: selected critical writing  by Murray Edmond

ISBN: 978-0-9922453-6-8
324PP |  240mm x 160mm
October 2014

To read this selection from Murray Edmond’s essays, reviews, interviews and letters is to take a ride through forty years of New Zealand’s cultural, social and political history. Discussions of esoteric art theories, polemical interventions in literary spats, eyewitness accounts of political tumult, and anecdotes from the author’s private life are equally at home in this book, as Edmond carries us from the revolutionary era of his youth into the world of the twenty-first century.

“Gathered together I think they make one of the most important contributions to a critical writing we have seen in this country for some decades.” – Peter Simpson

 

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The Gold LeavesThe Gold Leaves (being an account and translation from the Ancient Greek of the so-called ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets) by Edward Jenner

ISBN: 978-0-9922453-7-5
161PP |  205mm x 150mm
October 2014

The Gold Leaves is a study of ancient (c.400BC-300AD) verses, often fragmentary, incised on fragile gold leaves that have been found (and continue to be found) buried in graves and tombs in the culturally Greek parts of the Mediterranean world. These leaves have been placed carefully, perhaps on the chest, or in the mouth or in the hand, of the body. The leaves are messages designed to guide the souls of the dead on their journey to immortality and paradise.
Jenner has provided his own translation of a selected number of the texts on the gold leaves. He brings his skill as a poet to these translations. [ … ] For me the book is finally a book about poetry, about its potential and its limits, about its “charm” (in the sense of magic). – Murray Edmond

 

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The Millerton SequencesThe Millerton Sequences by Leicester Kyle

ISBN: 978-0-9922453-5-1
140PP
April 2014

Selected and introduced by Jack Ross. Including the poem ‘Instead Of, In Memory’ by David Howard

The Millerton Sequences represent the very best work from the second half of ex-Anglican minister Leicester Kyle’s writing career: the Millerton period, dating roughly from his departure from Auckland in April 1998, after the death of his first wife Miriel, to his own death in Christchurch in July 2006.

Beginning with a short sequence founded in Leicester’s expert knowledge of Botany, ‘Five Flowers at Millerton Mine'; the selection moves on to ‘Picnic In The Mangatini,’ which is probably as close as Leicester ever got to a straightforward set of “nature” poems; thence to a meditative evocation of place, ‘Rain,’ then to a work of ecological protest against the proposed strip-mining of the Millerton plateau, ‘Death of a Landscape'; then a searching personal confession, written towards the very end of his life, ‘The Catheter Club'; and lastly to ‘Rain Poems,’ which, in aggregate, sound like a bittersweet farewell to the West Coast and its weather.

 

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oceania2Oceania: neocolonialism, nukes and bones by André Vltchek

Foreword by Noam Chomsky. Introduction by Dr Steven Ratuva.

ISBN: 978-0-9922453-3-7
258PP
November 2013

Oceania: neocolonialism, nukes and bones is a critical appraisal of the destructive consequences of colonialism and later neocolonialism and how they have reshaped and undermined the very essence of Pacific humanity. It provides a rather uncomfortable but justifiably powerful moral message that the perils of Oceania need drawing attention to for the future survival of Pacific peoples and cultures who, isolated from the main centres of global power, are often relegated to the margins of development and progress.

[ … ] It is destined to be a journalistic masterpiece, laced with a deep sense of morality and commitment for the betterment of a forgotten part of the world.  – Dr Steven Ratuva

 

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Toa by Vaughan RapatahanaToa by Vaughan Rapatahana

ISBN: 978-0-9922453-2-0
240PP
August 2013

“BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE, A STRANGER STANDS. HE OWNS THE EARTH. HE IS WHITE.”

Vaughan Rapatahana’s first novel is a rollicking road trip through the ‘skinny country’ where a guerilla war is raging between Indigenous rebels and a Pakeha government controlled by foreign interests.

Redneck assassins, secret-agents, biker gangs and feminist groups all cross paths as Mahon, an ex-university philosophy lecturer, and his gun ‘Molly’ blast their way across the country in a black Mark IV.

While homage is paid to Vaughan Rapatahana’s existential and postmodern heroes, the voice is indubitably his own: sardonic, hectic, eclectic, at times laugh-out-loud funny and always deliciously subversive.  – James Norcliffe

 

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On Tongan PoetryOn Tongan Poetry by ‘I. Futa Helu

Includes DVD
ISBN: 978-0-9922453-0-6
100PP
2012

This book collects six essays in which the late Tongan intellectual ‘I. Futa Helu considers the traditional poetry of his country. As well as guiding readers through the long and intricate history of Tongan verse, the polymathic Helu offers a series of fascinating asides on subjects like the evolution of language, the seafaring exploits of ancient Polynesians, the impact of Christianity on Tonga, and the lessons that English literary giants like Wordsworth and Blake could have learned from their Tongan counterparts.

 

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Waiheathens: voices from a mining townWaiheathens: voices from a mining town by Mark Derby. Paintings by Bob Kerr

ISBN: 978-0-9922453-1-3
127PP
2012

“There in Waihi, with its toil and its treasure Men’s lives are squandered while earning a crust”

This song was sung by residents of the Coromandel goldmining settlement of Waihi (“Waiheathens”) in the first years of the 20th century. It is one of several authentic impressions of the town compiled in this book, including some that are rare or previously unpublished. Waiheathens has been produced to coincide with the centenary of the 1912 miner’s strike which turned Waihi into a battleground and resulted in the violent death of one striker.

The book includes colour reproductions of the exhibition of paintings titled “Gold Strike”, by Wellington artist Bob Kerr, which was also inspired by the Waihi strike.

Waiheathens gives voice to a community and historical events which are unique in New Zealand, yet remain intensely significant to the entire country.