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Sing-song (review)

Sing-song (review) book and media reviews circumstances, home remains Aotearoa. It is a place Sullivan embraces despite the fact that there are no happy "Resolutions" (33), as Päkehä would have the world believe, and no idealistic colonial conclusions in this bicultural country. Nevertheless, the parties affected are bound by the child begotten by "mixed history and blood" (65)--not Aotearoa, the land, but New Zealand, the country, the ideological nation. Resolution then, is an ongoing process, one that is effectively reflected in the continual movement in the collection, and one that Sullivan seems to hope, will go onward, upward, and forward--by looking backward. useful, intricate, to the point / showing the long forgotten arterial routes / instructions for the beating heart, leaping breath / and where to sleep, sleep in Grey Lynn" (5). This grounding metaphor for the relationships forged within and through language beautifully describes the work that Sing-song does for its readers. Set in Aotearoa New Zealand, Sing-song invites us into an intimate terrain as Kennedy maps with a poet's precision and arresting imagery the particular places and domestic spaces that this family inhabits. The book's power is in the layered ways that it attempts to make sense of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464
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Abstract

book and media reviews circumstances, home remains Aotearoa. It is a place Sullivan embraces despite the fact that there are no happy "Resolutions" (33), as Päkehä would have the world believe, and no idealistic colonial conclusions in this bicultural country. Nevertheless, the parties affected are bound by the child begotten by "mixed history and blood" (65)--not Aotearoa, the land, but New Zealand, the country, the ideological nation. Resolution then, is an ongoing process, one that is effectively reflected in the continual movement in the collection, and one that Sullivan seems to hope, will go onward, upward, and forward--by looking backward. useful, intricate, to the point / showing the long forgotten arterial routes / instructions for the beating heart, leaping breath / and where to sleep, sleep in Grey Lynn" (5). This grounding metaphor for the relationships forged within and through language beautifully describes the work that Sing-song does for its readers. Set in Aotearoa New Zealand, Sing-song invites us into an intimate terrain as Kennedy maps with a poet's precision and arresting imagery the particular places and domestic spaces that this family inhabits. The book's power is in the layered ways that it attempts to make sense of

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 27, 2006

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