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Coral road : poems

Author: Garrett Kaoru Hongo
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Garrett Hongo's long-awaited third collection of poems continues his literary explorations into the history of the impermanent homeland his immigrant ancestors found in Hawai'i. In these sumptuous narrative poems, Hongo meditates on the gorgeous landscapes and dramatic tales of the islands; he takes up strands of family stories and what he calls "a long legacy of silence" about their experience as contract laborers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hongo, Garrett Kaoru, 1951-
Coral road.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
(DLC) 2011011560
(OCoLC)699763991
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Garrett Kaoru Hongo
ISBN: 9780307701565 0307701565 1299150993 9781299150997
OCLC Number: 774716419
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book."
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Responsibility: Garrett Hongo.

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Garrett Hongo's long-awaited third collection of poems continues his literary explorations into the history of the impermanent homeland his immigrant ancestors found in Hawai'i. In these sumptuous narrative poems, Hongo meditates on the gorgeous landscapes and dramatic tales of the islands; he takes up strands of family stories and what he calls "a long legacy of silence" about their experience as contract laborers along the North Shore of O'ahu. In the opening sequence, he brings to life his great-grandparents fleeing from one plantation to another, finding their way by moonlight along coral roads and railroad tracks. As his grandmother, a girl of ten with an infant on her back, traverses "twelve score stands of cane / Chittering like small birds, nocturnal harpies in the feral constancies of wind," Hongo asks, "Where is the Virgil who might lead me through the shallow underworld of this history?" In fact, it is Hongo who guides himself--and us--as, in these devoted acts of ...

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