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Poetry. In an expanded edition of the first book of poetry by an indigenous Hawaiian to be published in North America, Haunani-Kay Trask describes the wounded beauty and the fiery origins of her native land. Through Trask's eyes we see a Hawai'I of living contradictions. Strange unscented trees from Asia, ill-clothed people, and miles of wire coexist alongside new-born stone, little sparkling fish, and long spears of moonlight. [Trask] carries us on a path that begins with the violence of dispossession and stolen lives, and takes us through that plundered world into a present where the women gods rise up, strong and resilient, where life is defende 'with a spear of memory' -- Linda Hogan.
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Like the volcanoes on her beloved native islands, many of the poems in Trask's first collection spew fire. The writer, an ardent feminist and a leader in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, often tackles an immensely difficult poetic genre, the political poem. As the titles illustrate, many of these poems record the pain and displacement of a colonized people. As in most first collections, the poems are uneven. Trask succeeds best when she combines imagery ("green chatter-chatter of coconut leaves"), her deep feeling for the land, and bilingual phrases (in Hawaiian and English). Trask includes some detailed descriptive notes, a pronunciation key, and a six-page glossary, which help the reader to understand many of the references and also serve as a brief introduction to the centuries-old Hawaiian culture. These poems enable us to "hear all around us/seeping through the mud/a constant, inconsolable/ grief/long after moonrise." Recommended for large and Native American poetry collections.
Doris Lynch, Bloomington P.L., Ind.
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"[Trask] carries us on a path that begins with the violence of dispossession and stolen lives, and takes us through that plundered world into a present where the women gods rise up, strong and resilient, where life is defende 'with a spear of memory'" -- Linda Hogan
Blood On The Land
Chant Of Lamentation
A Day At The Beach
Every Island A God
I Go By The Moons
In Our Time
Kaulana Na Pua
Love Between The Two Of Us
Moon Over Manana
Na Wahine Noa
Pax Americana: Hawai'i, 1848
A People Lost
Racist White Woman
So Tight Is My Love
When The Rain Comes
You Will Be Undarkened
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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