Take Five: Including Vinacular and From Pigskin to Paper

By Guy Somerset In Take Five

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13th December, 2012
1 Looking for that special something to slip into a loved one’s Christmas stocking? What you need is a maggot. No, really. They’ll love it. THE MODERATELY HUNGRY MAGGOT (Wedge Press, $18) is Bill Manhire and illustrator Mark Harfield’s scabrous spoof of a certain hungry caterpillar but moreover a deliciously black-hearted inversion of Manhire’s poetic paean to his childhood, 1950s; here, instead of youthful pleasures, he reels off a litany of contemporary evils comparable to “really rotten flesh” and “a dog turd” when it comes to a maggoty appetite. You’ll ...

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