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Dark Sparring: Poems by Selina Tusitala Marsh (review)

Dark Sparring: Poems by Selina Tusitala Marsh (review) the contemporary pacific · 27:1 (2015) rugged, shifting, and half-lit terrain than I could have anticipated. Prior to that, I had thought of death as the journey of the departed. Thereafter, I found it to be a journey of those remaining. Selina Tusitala Marsh's Dark Sparring is about death and the journey through grief, perfectly paired like sparring partners. It exposes the narrator's loss of a parent and her redemptive, albeit unusual, journey back through her involvement in Muay Thai kickboxing. Dark Sparring is superbly titled; the use of assonance is characteristic within Marsh's poems, while this collection arguably progresses beyond her earlier works via the "sober realism" it exemplifies (16). There is a willingness, a readiness to sit with our dead. The collection Dark Sparring is purposefully narrow, cohesive, and dark; like a fly delicately spun in a spider's web, it is a well-chosen meal. The first part of Dark Sparring, comprising fifteen poems, explores place. It is deliciously local, traversing the region marked out by Epeli Hau`ofa's 1993 essay "Our Sea of Islands" and continuing a talanoa (conversation) by other Pasifika artists and writers seeking to make sense of Pasifika geographies and selves through space and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Dark Sparring: Poems by Selina Tusitala Marsh (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 27 (1) – Jun 5, 2015

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the contemporary pacific · 27:1 (2015) rugged, shifting, and half-lit terrain than I could have anticipated. Prior to that, I had thought of death as the journey of the departed. Thereafter, I found it to be a journey of those remaining. Selina Tusitala Marsh's Dark Sparring is about death and the journey through grief, perfectly paired like sparring partners. It exposes the narrator's loss of a parent and her redemptive, albeit unusual, journey back through her involvement in Muay Thai kickboxing. Dark Sparring is superbly titled; the use of assonance is characteristic within Marsh's poems, while this collection arguably progresses beyond her earlier works via the "sober realism" it exemplifies (16). There is a willingness, a readiness to sit with our dead. The collection Dark Sparring is purposefully narrow, cohesive, and dark; like a fly delicately spun in a spider's web, it is a well-chosen meal. The first part of Dark Sparring, comprising fifteen poems, explores place. It is deliciously local, traversing the region marked out by Epeli Hau`ofa's 1993 essay "Our Sea of Islands" and continuing a talanoa (conversation) by other Pasifika artists and writers seeking to make sense of Pasifika geographies and selves through space and

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 5, 2015

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