Offering darting wordplay, erudite exploration of culture and literature, and lots of imaginative and critical writing from notable practitioners and new talent, Landfall 228 contains a carousel of exuberant poets, a bureau of unpredictable essayists, a cavalcade of zestful artists, and a cluster of fresh and risky prose writers. The artwork includes a photo essay on a Ralph Hotere memorial installation made by sculptor Mary McFarlane; a suite of portraits by New York–based New Zealand artist Lorene Taurerewa; and black-and-white graphic art by printmaker Barry Cleavin. There are short stories or prose fiction from Sheridan Keith, Kate Davis, Russell Haley, Lisa Samuels, Andrew Paul Wood, and others, as well as “The Ice Slide,” a chapter from a forthcoming novel by Sandra Arnold who won the Landfall Seresin Residency 2014. There is a prose childhood memoir by Michele Leggott; a Melbourne memoir by David Herkt; a poetic tribute to West Coast writer Peter Hooper by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman; and essays on the mid-20th-century Auckland writer Maurice Duggan and the late 19th-century Hawke’s Bay farmer and pioneer ecologist and writer W. Herbert Guthrie-Smith. The Landfall Review section includes a major essay by C. K. Stead on Kevin Ireland’s poetry, and Damian Skinner writes about Cliff Whiting, while Gerry Te Kapa Coates reviews Angela Wanhalla’s award-winning book Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand. Simone Oettli comments on Fiona Kidman’s novel The Infinite Air and David Eggleton writes about Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer, by Jill Trevelyan. And of course there is an eclectic and wide-ranging mix of brand-new poetry by Elizabeth Smither, Bernadette Hall, Anna Jackson, Rhian Gallagher, Sue Wootton, Alan Roddick, Reihana Robinson, Jen Crawford, Maris O’Rourke, Piet Nieuwland, Richard Reeve, Nick Ascroft, Jessica Le Bas, Joanna Preston and Carolyn McCurdie—as well as poems from emerging poets Kirsti Whalen, Carin Smeaton, Rata Gordon, Lynley Edmeades, Tulia Thompson, Liz Breslin, Morgan Bach, Marissa Cappetta, Doc Drumheller—and much more.
About the Author
David Eggleton is a performance poet and a writer whose many awards include six-time Book Reviewer of the Year at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, the PEN Best First Book of Poetry, the Robert Burns Fellowship, and, uniquely among New Zealand poets, London TimeOut’s 1985 Street Entertainer of the Year.