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Dark Sparring: Poems by Selina Tusitala Marsh (review)

Dark Sparring: Poems by Selina Tusitala Marsh (review) 298 the contemporary pacific • 27:1 (2015) pies (and that tenaciously occupy his rugged, shifting, and half-lit terrain thoughts). Conversely, his representa- than I could have anticipated. Prior tion of pain from the struggles of love to that, I had thought of death as the is clearly concomitant with harm done journey of the departed. Thereafter, to the land and environment when I found it to be a journey of those he expresses, “The way the islands remaining. Selina Tusitala Marsh’s are wrecked / by tall sky-scrapers, Dark Sparring is about death and the and trees are / barren. The way the journey through grief, perfectly paired shores are polluted / and people die of like sparring partners. It exposes the strange disease, is / the way you have narrator’s loss of a parent and her spoken your sad life” (87). redemptive, albeit unusual, journey Reading The Bond of Time is often back through her involvement in difficult, sometimes gut-wrenching, Muay Thai kick boxing. Dark Sparring and ultimately a rewarding experience, is superbly titled; the use of assonance especially in Pule’s sublimely beauti- is characteristic within Marsh’s ful lines. This reviewer was frequently poems, while this collection arguably looking 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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298 the contemporary pacific • 27:1 (2015) pies (and that tenaciously occupy his rugged, shifting, and half-lit terrain thoughts). Conversely, his representa- than I could have anticipated. Prior tion of pain from the struggles of love to that, I had thought of death as the is clearly concomitant with harm done journey of the departed. Thereafter, to the land and environment when I found it to be a journey of those he expresses, “The way the islands remaining. Selina Tusitala Marsh’s are wrecked / by tall sky-scrapers, Dark Sparring is about death and the and trees are / barren. The way the journey through grief, perfectly paired shores are polluted / and people die of like sparring partners. It exposes the strange disease, is / the way you have narrator’s loss of a parent and her spoken your sad life” (87). redemptive, albeit unusual, journey Reading The Bond of Time is often back through her involvement in difficult, sometimes gut-wrenching, Muay Thai kick boxing. Dark Sparring and ultimately a rewarding experience, is superbly titled; the use of assonance especially in Pule’s sublimely beauti- is characteristic within Marsh’s ful lines. This reviewer was frequently poems, while this collection arguably looking

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 5, 2015

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