Jack Ross, ed.: Poetry NZ Yearbook 2017 (March 2017)
Books and Magazines in brief:
IKA 4: Journal of Literature and Art. Ed. Anne Kennedy. ISSN 2253-5993. Manukau: MIT, 2016. RRP $27.99. vi + 146 pp.
Ika 4 (2016)
I suppose that it’s not quite what a reviewer should concentrate on first, but I have to say that the design of this latest issue of IKA is nothing short of breathtaking. I feel distinctly envious, in fact. I love the long spacious pages, the beautiful graphics and even the choice of font.
Moving on to the contents, I suppose (as usual) it’s invidious to single out particular contributions, but it was still pretty exciting to see three new poems by Bill Manhire (who describes himself as ‘a freelance writer with a Super Gold Card’) in here:
My aunt in AucklandI think I know how she feels, sometimes.
is walking towards Otago
because the North Shore is not the south.
They will catch her at the end of the city
and take her back to where she has to be. (p. 16)
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017. ISBN 978-0-9941363-5-0 (March 2017): 320.
Poetry NZ Yearbook 2017