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Kalahele (review)

Kalahele (review) book and media reviews 507 self-hatred” (24). It is through Nafa- also “on form & content, or: slouch- nua and the symbol of journey that ing toward texas,” which is an effec- the poet finds connection to her tive Ginsbergian “rant” that demands grandmother marooned in Amerika to be read aloud, achieving intensity (“granny”), her own various selves through a satiric ringing of the (“pilgrim’s progress”), and a future changes on the US national anthem. generation of Pacific sisters /daughters As the journeying comes to a (“Sä Nafanuä”). This last poem is a closing “reunion,” the voice modu- triumph of swinging rhythm, blended lates back to a private quietude and a symbolism, and feminist celebration, sequence of haiku reflectively evoking and well deserves its several appear- the author’s natural surroundings on ances in anthologies. O‘ahu. The book is a well-devised In the “malaga / traveling party” collection. One might wish for a more section, following “departure,” is a exciting cover, but the contents make careful sequence from quiet lyrical a worthy addition on the poetry shelf description of island life (“ianeta’s to similar voices such as Teresia Tea- dance”), to the intrusion of interna- iwa’s, and different but not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

book and media reviews 507 self-hatred” (24). It is through Nafa- also “on form & content, or: slouch- nua and the symbol of journey that ing toward texas,” which is an effec- the poet finds connection to her tive Ginsbergian “rant” that demands grandmother marooned in Amerika to be read aloud, achieving intensity (“granny”), her own various selves through a satiric ringing of the (“pilgrim’s progress”), and a future changes on the US national anthem. generation of Pacific sisters /daughters As the journeying comes to a (“Sä Nafanuä”). This last poem is a closing “reunion,” the voice modu- triumph of swinging rhythm, blended lates back to a private quietude and a symbolism, and feminist celebration, sequence of haiku reflectively evoking and well deserves its several appear- the author’s natural surroundings on ances in anthologies. O‘ahu. The book is a well-devised In the “malaga / traveling party” collection. One might wish for a more section, following “departure,” is a exciting cover, but the contents make careful sequence from quiet lyrical a worthy addition on the poetry shelf description of island life (“ianeta’s to similar voices such as Teresia Tea- dance”), to the intrusion of interna- iwa’s, and different but not

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 7, 2003

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