Book: Notes Above Water - Selected Poems by Kirby Wrightcategories: Book, Honolulu, Hawaii, California, Fathers, Sons, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Family, Molokai, Loss, Poems, Poetry
Kirby Wrightabout this book: My collection of poems and prose poetry employs Kafkaesque techniques such as surrealism and the omnipotent power of the father to set the tone in a household where the mother 'appears' helpless. But appearances are deceiving. Her apparent helplessness is only a guise, a mask hiding a voracious self-serving soul that emasculates her sons and cripples her only daughter.
The selections examine the secret world of relationships, the hidden core that governs how lovers get along and the way that families operate. The title poem is a man's lament for the boyhood he lost in the islands and how his relationship as a child with his father factored into his decision not to have children. There are also undercurrents in the narrator's poems about the dysfunctional relationship between his mother and father, and how he has been forced to confront those undercurrents to make his relationships work. This book is a great intro to my forthcoming 2015 memoir about my childhood in Hawaii.
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