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[Cover Image: Michael Dean]


This site exists in order to provide a conveniently accessible online index for the New Zealand literary journal brief, founded by Alan Loney in 1995, and carried on (under a succession of editors) until now.

No copyright works have been reproduced here, with the exception of covers and contents pages for the various publications produced by the Writers Group - brief's community of subscribers and contributors - over this period. Some of these works are available elsewhere on the internet, however, and hyperlinks to these locations have been provided wherever possible.

There are individual pages below for the contents of each issue, supplemented by an alphabetical index of the contributions of each author. A short history of brief has also been provided, with a selection of various of the statements and manifestos issued by its editors at different times, as well as a list of the books published to date by the magazine.

For up-to-date information on submission policies, subscription rates, and any other information about the journal, please go to the official website at http://mishenica.wix.com/brief; alternatively, you can email the present managing editor, Michael Arnold, or write to him c/o the following address:
brief
1416 Kaiaua Road
RD 3
Pokeno 2473
New Zealand



Subscription rates:



$NZ 50 for three issues post free in Aotearoa.
$70 for institutional addresses.
$65 for Australia.
$75 elsewhere.
$17 for single issues and back issues.

Please make cheques payable to:
The Writers Group
(address as above)




Upcoming issue:



Call for Submissions to
brief
the magazine formerly known as:
A Brief Description of the Whole World

brief 51 with the theme ‘the outer link’
– an issue about transport and moving –
will be edited by Alex Wild,
please send submissions by April 31st to:
alex.wild.j@gmail.com.

The magazine was founded in December 1995 by Alan Loney. Its format was simple: A4 sheets, copied exactly as their authors wrote them, stapled together, then distributed with bio notes and a cover. Subsequent editors and guest editors of brief since 1999 include John Geraets, Jack Ross, Brett Cross, Bill Direen, Ted Jenner, Jen Crawford, Scott Hamilton, Hamish Dewe, Richard von Sturmer, Bronwyn Lloyd, Alex Wild and Michael Arnold - the current Managing Editor of brief.

Traditionally, brief’s special focus has been to publish the work of experimental and technically adventurous writers. We specialise in page-works, articles, poems, stories and photomontages.

The present format of brief is A5, perfect-bound, with bio-notes and a card cover, but although the scale is smaller than the original, the magazine continues to adhere to the original policy of reprinting work exactly as it is sent, which enables contributors to pay close attention to the design and layout of their pages.

If you feel your writing fits the brief for brief then our editors will be very pleased to receive your submission.






[Cover Design: Alan Loney]



[Cover Image: Will Maclean]

Books:

  • K. M. Ross. Falling Through the Architect. ISBN 0-476-01578-2. Auckland: The Writers Group, September 2005.

  • Kendrick Smithyman. Campana to Montale: Versions from Italian. Edited by Jack Ross. ISBN 0-476-00382-2. Auckland: The Writers Group, October 2004.

  • Jack Ross. A brief index: A breakdown by issue & author of 7 years / 26 issues of brief, the magazine formerly known as: A Brief Description of the Whole World / ABDOTWW / description / ABdotWW / Ab.ww / brief. &c., December 1995 – January 2003. ISSN 1175-9313. Auckland: The Writers Group, February 2003.

    • --. Supplement 1. A breakdown by issue & author of 3 years / 7 issues of brief ... June 2003 – May 2005. Auckland: The Writers Group, 2005.

  • Sugu Pillay. The Chandrasekhar Limit and Other Stories. Auckland: The Writers Group, December 2002.

  • Alan Loney. Reading / Saying / Making: Selected Essays. Auckland: The Writers Group, 2001.


[Cover Design: Janet Hunt]


Monday

Issue 50 (February 2014)



[Front cover image: NZ Herald (26/3/87)]

brief
Editor: Jack Ross
Number 50 (February [March] 2014]):






Jack Ross / Editorial: Misha’s Project / 3
Tracey Slaughter / 31 reasons not to hear a heartbeat / 6
Bronwyn Lloyd / from A Slow Alphabet / 21
Keith Nunes / Harry’s wife – The Cold Up Here / 31
Ted Jenner / from Lonely Hearts / 33
Janet Newman / Skywreck / 38
Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle / from Autobiography of a Marguerite / 39
Laura McLauchlan / Cow / 42
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán / Mint – Post / 43
Iain Britton / ezra pound in parenthesis / 53
Doc Drumheller / from 10 x (10 + -10) = 0 / 56
Kristy Lagarto / Blank Slate / 59
Richard Taylor / The Secret of Being Unpopular / 61
Nick Monks / Postcard from Wigan, (Lancashire, UK) / 74
K. M. Ross / from The Blinding Walk / 75
Josh Goodwin / from tararu cemetery / 94
Naomi Richards / Paper-chase / 96
Lisa Samuels / Syllabus / 101
L. E. Scott / Blues x 5 – Room without a View / 105
Vaughan Rapatahana / nihil unbound / 108
Anne Ross / Christmas Card / 109
Richard von Sturmer / This Explains Everything / 110
David Taylor / All things being equal / 120
Tracey Slaughter / The Box of Phantoms / 122

Reviews:

Ted Jenner: Heraclitus Pseudoscientificus?: Review of Futa Helu, Herakleitos of Ephesos, ’Atenisi University, Tonga, 2nd (facsimile) edition, 2012. / 138
Vaughan Rapatahana: Review of Waiheathens by Mark Derby, with paintings by Bob Kerr (Atuanui Press, Aotearoa-New Zealand, 2012) / 148
Jack Ross: Reviews in brief: Lisa Samuels, Wild Dialectics (Bristol: Shearsman Books Ltd., 2012) / Richard von Sturmer, Book of Equanimity Verses (Auckland: Puriri Press, 2013) / 152
Notes on contributors / 157












Sunday

Issue 49 (September 2013)



[Front cover image: Richard Taylor]

brief
Editor: Brett Cross
Number 49 (September 2013]):






Richard Taylor / from What we have been reading / 3
Olivia Macassey / Death of Hoskuld / Death of Bird / About that Monk / 31
Ted Jenner / And now in this late afternoon ... / 36
Jen Crawford / from soft shroud / 37
Scott Hamilton / from Fakapikopiko: a Tongan Journal / 49
Stephanie Christie / grace notes / Revelations / 56
Jack Ross / 3 Mayan Poems / 60
Thomas Pors Koed / Home Run / 66
John Geraets / from Quite little ones / 80
Alex Wild / The Final or The Semi-Final or Something / 86
Erin Doyle / How to break eggs / 93
Kate Davis / Point and Shoot / 95
Jane Simpson / the desert is / 102
Analeese Jochems / i saw the first dick i ever saw / 103
Janet Newman / Europa / Green Cathedral / 104
Nina Su Noong / Mundane endeavours / 109

REFLECTING ON BRIEF
Alex Wild / News in brief / 113

REVIEWS
Murray Edmond / "live": A Review of Lisa Samuels' Anti M / 118
Angela Chirnside / Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker / 126
Jack Ross / Confessions of an Unrepentant Anthologist / 129
Richard Taylor / Toa by Vaughan Rapatahana / 146

CONTRIBUTORS / 152










Saturday

Issue 48 (June 2013): The Ballad of Rue Belliard



[Cover photo: Owen Slatraigh / Cover Design: Ellen Portch]

brief
Editor: Brett Cross
Number 48 (June 2013):






Brett Cross / Editorial / [1]
Guillaume Direen / The Ballad of Rue Belliard / 3










Friday

Issue 47 (April 2012): The Mid City Arcade Project



[Front cover image: Eli Orzesseck]

brief
Editor: Alex Wild
Number 47 (March 2013 [April 2013]):






Alex Wild / Editor's Note / 2
Greg Kan / surface runoff / 3
Bronwyn Lloyd / A preposition shows relation / 8
Rachel J. Fenton / Songs from a Room / 10
Stefan Neville & Clayton Noone / from "City of Tales" / 16 / 37 / 68 / 89 / 119
Cameron Matamua / "traffic" / 17
Ben Daniels / Whatever You'd Call It / 18
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran / Du Bois before Accra - honey and vinegar/my first butch / 26
Margaret Howie / The Knot / 28
Vinay Hira / Nicholas / 29
Lisa Samuels / Group Hug / 30
Jack Ross / from "the Jay Poems" / 32
Cat Matteson / Glen Has No Soul ... / 38
Angela Chirnside / Just Desserts / 43
Paul Janman / Tokyo Summer drunk - Two Auckland Anthems / 46
Michael Steven / The Panel Shop / 49
Sze Ning Ooi / Memories of a Prawn / 52
Jessica Hansell / Supermarket Sex Poem / 55
Daniel M. Satele / My Sculpture, Strong Spirit / 56
Daniel Larsen / Two Pages to Forget / 60
Ted Jenner / Plato's Academy / 61
Vaughan Rapatahana / macau on a tuesday - Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa - trapped in manila, / 69
Naomi Richards / Mrs. Mossaidis Flies through the Air / 74
Dan Hedges / Poems / 81
Joanna Grochowicz / Estelle: Life Since I Lost My Job / 83
Maryann Savage / If Thou Longst so Much to Learne / 90
Scott Hamilton / Seven Urban Legends / 95
Julie Helean / Night Shift / 99
John Geraets / Quite little ones - In Other Places / 106
Melissa Steiner / Journey in the Dark / 122
Vanessa Berry / Treasure Map / 126
Miriam Barr / Out the World - Grid block / 128
Jen Crawford / on Celanie / 130
Brett Cross / apple eye / 132
Gareth John Brighton / Thank You For Keeping Me Safe / 133
Notes on Contributors / 134














[Back cover image: Eli Orzesseck]


Thursday

Issue 46 (November 2012): The Survival Issue



[Front cover image: Grant Banbury, “Untitled photo-postcard:
vacant lot, Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch" (c. June 2011)]


brief
Editor: Bronwyn Lloyd
Number 46 - Survival (November 2012):







Bronwyn Lloyd / Editorial / 3
Michele Leggott / a brief history of time / 5
Jennifer Compton / from Ungainly / 8
Richard von Sturmer / from the Notebooks of Hector Velasco / 11
Ted Jenner / Lonely Hearts / 17
Bernadette Hall / How they ran into each other again at the Old Girls' Reunion / 21
Richard Taylor / Ongoing Story I-III / 24
Anne Ross / Three fragments / 27
Libby Brickell / Invisibility / 34
Alison Glenny / The Red Flower / 35
Naomi Richards / Ocean Songs / 38
Kelly Malone / crafting tension between lyric and narrative / line of the signs / 44
Doc Drumheller / The Republic of Oma Rapeti / 47
Isabel Michell / Go Home Stay Home / 48
Rachel O'Neill / Finder of the Furthest Galaxy / 61
Michael Morrissey / Landing on the Moon / 62
Stu Bagby / Day 15 / 69
Bernadette Hall / Door / 76
Leicester Kyle / Diary of a Country Cop / 78
Vaughan Rapatahana / he whatinga / 84
Jack Ross / Interpreting Paul Celan / 85
Barry Moffatt / transparencies III / 102
Kate Davis / Aimee / 106
Iain Britton / the list / 114
Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway / Arrival or Departure / 118
Martin Edmond / from Eternities / 119
L. E. Scott / Broomstick / Realisation / 131
K. M. Ross / The Last Great Road Race / 133
Vaughan Rapatahana / jacky marmon / 140
Scott Hamilton / Review of Fallen Empire, a collaboration between Jack Ross and MOTH / 142
Isabel Michell / Review of Bronwyn Lloyd's The Second Location / 149
Notes on Contributors / 151













[Rear cover image: Grant Banbury, “photo-postcard"]


Wednesday

Issue 44/45 (May 2012): Oceania



[Front cover image: Scott Hamilton]

brief
Editor: Scott Hamilton
Numbers 44 & 45 - Oceania (April 2012 [May 2012]):



Cover Photo: Scott Hamilton / Cover Design: Brett Cross
Scott Hamilton / Editor’s Note - Never Mind the Frangipani / 2
Futa Helu / Letter to the New Zealand Herald / 5
Vaughan Rapatahana / An Interview and Three Poems / 6
Murray Edmond / The Steps Towards ‘Von Tempsky’s Dance’ / 12
Leicester Kyle / The Life / 19
’Okusitino Mahina / An Essay and Two Poems / 21
Scott Hamilton / The Island of Exiles / 26
John McCaffery & Judy Taligalu McFall-McCaffery / Complaint to the Human Rights Commission / 36
Sarah Bogle / My Kin is the Dirt / 41
Andrew Dean / An Interview and an Essay / 42
Michael Morrissey / Between Two Pacific Islands / 49
Kendrick Smithyman / Three Poems / 52
Jack Ross / The Great White Silence / 56
Rachel Fenton / A Poem. and a Note about the Barnsley dialect / 77
Marty Mars / Two Poems / 79
Giovanni Tiso / Six Inches to a Mile / 80
Stephanie Christie / Niue / 84
VO Blum / An Interview and an Excerpt from DownMind / 86
Hamish Dewe / ‘This fortnight the evenings ...’ / 95
Naomi Richards / Talofa Miss Brown / 96
Richard Taylor / from Eyelight / 100
Iain Britton / profile of a yellow circle / 104
Vaughan Rapatahana / Two Visits to Nauru / 106
Rogelio Guedea / Timeline (Tr. Megan Saltzman) / 115
Alex Wild / from “There is No War Here” / 120
Ted Jenner / The Arrow that Missed / 126
Denys Trussell / A Letter and a Poem / 128
Futa Helu / The Fakatangi (from the Tongan Poetry series) / 130
Mark Derby / An Interview and an Essay / 133
Lisa Samuels / Nervous Water / 149
Brett Cross / A Note and a Poem about the Kaipara / 152
Dave Bedggood & Owen Gager / from Towards a Socialist Polynesia / 156
Leicester Kyle / Bridge to the Sea / 165
Michael Amold / from Cashlin (Shape) / 166
Paul Janman / The I Ching in the Eye of ’Atenisi Realism / 169
George Griffith / from Outlaws of the Air / 184
Reviews & Notes / 186
Scott Hamilton / Boarding Paul Janman’s Tongan Ark / 187
" / Tapu, Pigs, and Power; Discussing Tongan Ark / 193
" / A Preliminary Report on the End of the World / 198
Jack Ross / Leicester Kyle’s Koroneho / 206
Dougal McNeil / In the Gap / 208
Scott Hamilton / Alex Wild, Blogging, and the Curse of Coolness / 213
Anne Amundsen / Lost: a Literary Treasure, Last Seen in Tonga / 217
Scott Hamilton / The Kids are Alright / 219
Tim Bowron / A Communication / 222
Vaughan Rapatahana / Announcing the Publication of English Language as Hydra / 223
Richard von Sturmer / Message / 226
Notes on Contributors / 227