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Sing-song (review)

Sing-song (review) book and media reviews 469 circumstances, home remains Aotea- useful, intricate, to the point / showing roa. It is a place Sullivan embraces the long forgotten arterial routes / despite the fact that there are no instructions for the beating heart, happy “Resolutions” (33), as Päkehä leaping breath / and where to sleep, would have the world believe, and no sleep in Grey Lynn” (5). This ground- idealistic colonial conclusions in this ing metaphor for the relationships bicultural country. Nevertheless, the forged within and through language parties affected are bound by the beautifully describes the work that child begotten by “mixed history and Sing-song does for its readers. Set in blood” (65)— not Aotearoa, the land, Aotearoa New Zealand, Sing-song but New Zealand, the country, the invites us into an intimate terrain as ideological nation. Resolution then, Kennedy maps with a poet’s precision is an ongoing process, one that is and arresting imagery the particular effectively reflected in the continual places and domestic spaces that this movement in the collection, and one family inhabits. The book’s power is that Sullivan seems to hope, will go in the layered ways that it attempts to onward, upward, and forward—by make sense 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.
ISSN
1527-9464

Abstract

book and media reviews 469 circumstances, home remains Aotea- useful, intricate, to the point / showing roa. It is a place Sullivan embraces the long forgotten arterial routes / despite the fact that there are no instructions for the beating heart, happy “Resolutions” (33), as Päkehä leaping breath / and where to sleep, would have the world believe, and no sleep in Grey Lynn” (5). This ground- idealistic colonial conclusions in this ing metaphor for the relationships bicultural country. Nevertheless, the forged within and through language parties affected are bound by the beautifully describes the work that child begotten by “mixed history and Sing-song does for its readers. Set in blood” (65)— not Aotearoa, the land, Aotearoa New Zealand, Sing-song but New Zealand, the country, the invites us into an intimate terrain as ideological nation. Resolution then, Kennedy maps with a poet’s precision is an ongoing process, one that is and arresting imagery the particular effectively reflected in the continual places and domestic spaces that this movement in the collection, and one family inhabits. The book’s power is that Sullivan seems to hope, will go in the layered ways that it attempts to onward, upward, and forward—by make sense

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 27, 2006

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