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Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, and: Cook Islands, and: From the Spider Bone Diaries: Poems and Songs (review)

Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, and: Cook Islands, and: From the Spider Bone Diaries: Poems and... Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, by Steven Edmund Winduo. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, and Boroko: Language and Literature Department, University of Papua New Guinea, 2000. i s b n 982­ 02­ 0311­2; 124 pages, figures, appendix, glossary. u s$12.00. Cook Islands. Special Issue of Mana: A South Pacific Journal of Art and Culture, Language and Literature (12:2), edited by Jean Tekura Mason and Vaine Rasmussen. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 2000. i s b n 0379­5268; xviii + 113 pages, figures, photos, glossary. u s$16.00. From the Spider Bone Diaries: Poems and Songs, by Richard Hamasaki. Honolulu: Noio (Kalamakü Press) 2000. i s b n 0­ 9623102­ 9­8; xxii + 119 pages, figures, notes. u s$8.95. The ancestral voices of rivers petitioned for spiritual possession in Steven Edmund Winduo's second poetry collection, Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, are not those of Langston Hughes, William Butler Yeats, or Muddy Waters. Although these modernist figures do flit in and out of Winduo's English-language poems as mentors, running through the wellwrought book is the quest to speak as Lomo'ha, a spirit voice and heroic quester in Nagum Bokien (his native http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, and: Cook Islands, and: From the Spider Bone Diaries: Poems and Songs (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 14 (2) – Jan 7, 2002

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Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, by Steven Edmund Winduo. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, and Boroko: Language and Literature Department, University of Papua New Guinea, 2000. i s b n 982­ 02­ 0311­2; 124 pages, figures, appendix, glossary. u s$12.00. Cook Islands. Special Issue of Mana: A South Pacific Journal of Art and Culture, Language and Literature (12:2), edited by Jean Tekura Mason and Vaine Rasmussen. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 2000. i s b n 0379­5268; xviii + 113 pages, figures, photos, glossary. u s$16.00. From the Spider Bone Diaries: Poems and Songs, by Richard Hamasaki. Honolulu: Noio (Kalamakü Press) 2000. i s b n 0­ 9623102­ 9­8; xxii + 119 pages, figures, notes. u s$8.95. The ancestral voices of rivers petitioned for spiritual possession in Steven Edmund Winduo's second poetry collection, Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest, are not those of Langston Hughes, William Butler Yeats, or Muddy Waters. Although these modernist figures do flit in and out of Winduo's English-language poems as mentors, running through the wellwrought book is the quest to speak as Lomo'ha, a spirit voice and heroic quester in Nagum Bokien (his native

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