August 2011


Rosetta Allan
Jenny Argante
Gigi Fenster
Helen Heath
Kerry Hines
David Howard
Andrea Jeftanovic
André Naffis-Sahely
James Norcliffe
Maris O'Rourke
Jack Ross
L.E. Scott
Campbell Taylor
Alan Wall
Hayden Williams

Issue 16 Guest Artist:
Tom Mutch

President: Peter Robertson
Vice-President: Sari Nusseibeh
Deputy Editor: Neil Langdon Inglis
Advisory Consultant: Jill Dawson
General Editor: Beatriz Hausner
Art Editor: Calum Colvin
Deputy General Editor: Jeff Barry

Consulting Editors
Marjorie Agosín
Daniel Albright
Meena Alexander
Maria Teresa Andruetto
Frank Ankersmit
Rosemary Ashton
Reza Aslan
Leonard Barkan
Michael Barry
Shadi Bartsch
Thomas Bartscherer
Susan Bassnett
Gillian Beer
David Bellos
Richard Berengarten
Charles Bernstein
Sujata Bhatt
Mario Biagioli
Jean Boase-Beier
Elleke Boehmer
Eavan Boland
Stephen Booth
Alain de Botton
Carmen Boullossa
Rachel Bowlby
Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
Roberto Brodsky
Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarah Churchwell
Hollis Clayson
Sally Cline
Kristina Cordero
Drucilla Cornell
Junot Díaz
André Dombrowski
Denis Donoghue
Ariel Dorfman
Rita Dove
Denise Duhamel
Klaus Ebner
Robert Elsie
Stefano Evangelista
Orlando Figes
Tibor Fischer
Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Peter France
Nancy Fraser
Maureen Freely
Michael Fried
Marjorie Garber
Anne Garréta
Marilyn Gaull
Zulfikar Ghose
Paul Giles
Lydia Goehr
Vasco Graça Moura
A. C. Grayling
Stephen Greenblatt
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lawrence Grossberg
Edith Grossman
Elizabeth Grosz
Boris Groys
David Harsent
Benjamin Harshav
Geoffrey Hartman
François Hartog
Siobhan Harvey
Molly Haskell
Selina Hastings
Valerie Henitiuk
Kathryn Hughes
Aamer Hussein
Djelal Kadir
Kapka Kassabova
John Kelly
Martin Kern
Mimi Khalvati
Joseph Koerner
Annette Kolodny
Julia Kristeva
George Landow
Chang-Rae Lee
Mabel Lee
Linda Leith
Suzanne Jill Levine
Lydia Liu
Margot Livesey
Julia Lovell
Laurie Maguire
Willy Maley
Alberto Manguel
Ben Marcus
Paul Mariani
Marina Mayoral
Richard McCabe
Campbell McGrath
Jamie McKendrick
Edie Meidav
Jack Miles
Toril Moi
Susana Moore
Laura Mulvey
Azar Nafisi
Paschalis Nikolaou
Martha Nussbaum
Sari Nusseibeh
Tim Parks
Molly Peacock
Pascale Petit
Clare Pettitt
Caryl Phillips
Robert Pinsky
Elena Poniatowska
Elizabeth Powers
Elizabeth Prettejohn
Martin Puchner
Kate Pullinger
Paula Rabinowitz
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
James Richardson
François Rigolot
Geoffrey Robertson
Ritchie Robertson
Avital Ronell
Élisabeth Roudinesco
Carla Sassi
Michael Scammell
Celeste Schenck
Sudeep Sen
Hadaa Sendoo
Miranda Seymour
Mimi Sheller
Elaine Showalter
Penelope Shuttle
Werner Sollors
Frances Spalding
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Julian Stallabrass
Susan Stewart
Rebecca Stott
Mark Strand
Kathryn Sutherland
Rebecca Swift
Susan Tiberghien
John Whittier Treat
David Treuer
David Trinidad
Marjorie Trusted
Lidia Vianu
Victor Vitanza
Marina Warner
David Wellbery
Edwin Williamson
Michael Wood
Theodore Zeldin

Assistant Editor: Sara Besserman
Assistant Editor: Ana de Biase
Assistant Editor: Conor Bracken
Assistant Editor: Eugenio Conchez
Assistant Editor: Patricia Delmar
Assistant Editor: Sophie Lewis
Assistant Editor: Krista Oehlke
Assistant Editor: Siska Rappé
Assistant Editor: Stephanie Smith
Assistant Editor: Robert Toperter
Art Consultant: Verónica Barbatano
Art Consultant: Angie Roytgolz

Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Two Poems by Maris O'Rourke  


At Kaikoura

They came to Kaikoura for the whales
throwing harpoons.
Boiled their blubber in cauldrons
now holding palm trees.
Built houses on their bones.

Tourists walk on crushed shells
under their arched ribs
in the Memorial Garden
to the dead of seven wars.

They come to Kaikoura for the whales,
shooting photos
from helicopters, boats, and planes.
Tightly circling when they surface
from the Hikurangi trench

for ten minutes
then dive for forty-five.
Only Te Toroa left
doing wheelies above the adolescent
whale-boys playground.

Some stay for years
each named by Ngai Tahu
still riding Paikea's whale to prosperity
surviving the wrath of Ruatapu's waves

Uenuku's son Paikea survived a death attempt at sea from another son Ruatapu. He then rode to the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand on the back of the whale Tohora to create a new and prosperous life. Many years later one of Paikea's sons, Tahupotiki of Ngati Porou, travelled south and founded the great South Island Maori tribe of Ngai Tahu. Ngai Tahu and Kati Kuri of Kaikoura claim descent from Tahupotiki and Paikea and run Whale Watch
Te Toroa: the Wandering Albatross


Okahu Bay

Below Bastion Point, a sweet sweeping
of flowering pohutukawa trees,
holds grassy slopes just right for sleeping;
dreaming of wrongs no-one can appease.

Where Ngāti Whātua once gathered kai
on tidal flats tourists paddle in the heat.
Middens where sewer pipes now lie;
prolific shellfish beds no-one can eat.

Sheltered by the curving bluestone wall,
where the tide eats up the bay twice a day,
old people watch slow ripples rise and fall —
inexorable forces no-one can stay.

In the playground children scream and twist
by tupuna no-one can now evict.

Bastion Point: When the Crown announced that the last area of uncommitted land at Bastion Point was to be developed for high-income housing, 300 Ngāti Whātua occupied the site. They had hoped that this ancestral land might be returned to tribal ownership. After 506 days, the protestors were evicted on 25 May 1978 by 500 police.
Pohutakawa: The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flowers is colloquially known as the New Zealand Christmas tree.
Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei: The main Maori tribe in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland)
Kai: food
Tupuna: Maori ancestors