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Dear Neil Roberts / Airini Beautrais.

By: Beautrais, Airini [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington : Victoria University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 63 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780864739735.Subject(s): Roberts, Neil, -1982 -- Poetry | New Zealand -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- PoetryGenre/Form: New Zealand poetry -- 21st century.DDC classification: NZ821.3
Contents:
Here are the numbers -- Introduction -- Finding this story -- Brain/Cloth -- Man -- Machine -- Finding the dead -- Time -- Place -- A nice night -- Clean-up -- Monuments -- Investigation -- By way of explanation -- Out the window -- Press -- A sad, flippant kind of nihilism -- History books -- No time like the 80s -- Waiting for death/Waiting for birth -- Death of a beast -- Monster relic -- I walk past a rock -- Memorials -- The thing is, Neil, you are all of us -- Conclusions -- Epilogue.
Summary: "This book centres on the figure of Neil Roberts, the young anarchist who blew himself up at the Wanganui Computer Centre in 1982. In reflecting on the uncomfortable event of his death, it looks at how he was depicted in various versions of history, the significance of his death in the context of 1980s New Zealand, and how his action has reverberated through others' lives, including the poet's own"--Publisher information.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

It is November 18, 1982.

Neil Ian Roberts is 22 years old.

He walks up to the Police Computer Centre

in Whanganui, at 12.35am.

Who was Neil Roberts? This is the search for the story of a quiet young man, an anarchist, a figure who moves differently, or vanishes altogether, in different versions of history. How are such people remembered; how are they forgotten?

As much a work of documentary as poetry, this extraordinary book considers the uncomfortable event of Neil Roberts's death, its significance in the context of 1980s New Zealand, and how this action has reverberated through others' lives, including the poet's own.

Poems.

Airini lives in Whanganui.

Here are the numbers -- Introduction -- Finding this story -- Brain/Cloth -- Man -- Machine -- Finding the dead -- Time -- Place -- A nice night -- Clean-up -- Monuments -- Investigation -- By way of explanation -- Out the window -- Press -- A sad, flippant kind of nihilism -- History books -- No time like the 80s -- Waiting for death/Waiting for birth -- Death of a beast -- Monster relic -- I walk past a rock -- Memorials -- The thing is, Neil, you are all of us -- Conclusions -- Epilogue.

"This book centres on the figure of Neil Roberts, the young anarchist who blew himself up at the Wanganui Computer Centre in 1982. In reflecting on the uncomfortable event of his death, it looks at how he was depicted in various versions of history, the significance of his death in the context of 1980s New Zealand, and how his action has reverberated through others' lives, including the poet's own"--Publisher information.

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