Friday 1 November 2013 3:59pm
Edited by David Eggleton
Landfall is a place, a mythic place, a piece of valuable cultural estate, consistently representing over time the robust heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand arts and letters.
Landfall 230 maintains the momentum, keeps the flag flying, and acts as a compass to home ground. The cover signals a turn to geopolitics and Māori land rights revisited, with Emily Karaka’s colourful landscape painting of Tāmaki Makaurau-Auckland as disputed territory, while inside, Landfall 230 proves to be a strongly multicultural issue, reflecting the diversity and energy of contemporary New Zealand writing, with contributions by, among others, writers of Mexican, Samoan, Rotuman, Chinese, Irish and Indian backgrounds.
Landfall 230 is then a pan-Pacific grab-bag of the best we have: a cascade of vital new poems by Riemke Ensing, Michael Harlow, Fiona Kidman, Cilla McQueen, Robert Sullivan, Peter Olds, Bernadette Hall, Airini Beautrais, Olivia Macassey, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Carolyn McCurdie, Hannah Mettner, Joanna Preston and Rogelio Guedea (translated by Roger Hickin). And there’s a major historical poem sequence by Alan Roddick on the scientist Anders Sparrman, who sailed with Captain James Cook.
There’s a satirical parody on the Great New Zealand Novel, and writer Jack Ross provides a comic take on the Auckland avant-garde, while poet and playwright Murray Edmond remembers the 1970s musical ‘happenings’ associated with the composer Jack Body.
The Landfall Review includes William Dart’s commentary on a recently published collection of writings by composer Douglas Lilburn; Peter Simpson’s review of Charles Brasch: Selected Poems, chosen by Alan Roddick; David Herkt writing about novelist James Courage; and Paul Moon’s review of Tony Ballantyne’s Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the question of the body. Alice Miller reviews John Dennison’s accomplished first collection of poems Otherwise, and Lynley Edmeades reviews collections by Gregory O’Brien and Chris Tse. There are reviews as well of books about the artists Annette Isbey and Grace Joel — and more.
Artwork includes a significant series of just-completed small oil paintings by Jeffrey Harris, a senior figure in New Zealand art, along with a series of 2015 paintings by Emily Karaka, and graphic art in black and white by artists Nicole Page-Smith and Philip Madill.
Emma Neale, judge of the 2015 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award, takes us through the difficult process of choosing a winner; and there is a showcase selection of the four best essays from the 2015 Landfall Essay Competition – eloquent, passionate, exhilarating non- fiction delivered by Tracey Slaughter, Philip Braithwaite, Louise Wallace and Therese Lloyd.
Celebrating the power of the literary imagination with inside stories and true confessions, short fictions and thoughtful critiques, Landfall 230 is testament to the rich variety and dynamism of the current state of New Zealand culture.
DAVID EGGLETON is a prolific poet, writer and critic. His many awards include six times Book Reviewer of the Year in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, PEN Best First Book of Poetry in 1987 and the Robert Burns Fellowship.
Paperback, 215 x 165 mm, 208 pages, 16 in colour, ISBN 978 1 877578 91 5, $30
Published with the assistance of Creative New Zealand