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Shebang

David Howard

Tangohia mai te taura i taku kaki kia waiata au i taku waiata.

[‘Take the rope from my throat that I may sing my song.’]


– Mokomoko, 17 May 1866

Contents

1. Over the garden

2. The portrait gallery

3. Censor

4. The last word

5. Conceit

6. The carrion flower

7. A darker purpose

8. The fellow traveller

9. Fascicle

10. Credo

11. Morning

12. The sunday painter

13. An anzac breviary

14. An extempore tragedy

15. After Wairau

16. The voices that get up

17. Design fault

18. A man I know wrote a book about a man he knew

19. On the line

20. For Fernando Pessoa

21. Snapshot

22. The lovers

23. Boxed in

24. Provisions

25. Moonshine

26. In the mean time

27. Dropping

28. The reader

29. Aotearoa: a romance

30. Charm

31. Discharge

32. Christchurch 1959

33. Only

34. Off

35. The theology of beetles

36. Subtitles

37. Relict

38. Given

39. Stick figures in a circle

40. Nostalgia for the mud

41. Or not

42. For John Mulgan

43. Revisiting Church Square

44. An account

45. Genesis

46. Pointing the bone

47. The art of separation

48. Rue Grehan, Akaroa

49. White boy meets Te Whiro

50. You say it’s your birthday well it’s my birthday too

51. Hear say

52. Not knowing

53. Decorating the present

54. Abstract

55. Concert

56. How it goes

57. The escaped prisoners

58. Notional

59. Complete with instructions

60. Heartwood

61. Dove

62. Palimpsest

63. On the eighth day

64. Talking sideways

65. Home

66. The perpetual bird

67. For Witi Ihimaera

68. Out

69. To Cavafy

70. Arc

71. Cherry

72. His pagan body

73. A photograph of the poet

74. Portofino

75. After all

76. End-game

77. Shebang

 


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