No Disposals


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When you start to cull your National Library collection along predetermined lines -- in this case, an increasingly narrow definition of what is ‘of local interest’ — you inhibit the ability to make unexpected connections. A nation as small as ours, in so illimitable an ocean, cannot afford to cut off its possibilities in so short-sighted a way. Wallace Stevens may be trusted to stay on our shelves, but even land-locked Bolivia may be part of our story -- or we part of theirs.

Jack Ross writes poetry, novels, novellas and short stories. He teaches Creative Writing at Massey University and blogs at His latest poetry collection is The Oceanic Feeling (Salt & Greyboy Press, 2021).