|Book: Before the City by Kirby Wright
I tend to write dramatic monologues, such as the one to the deposed and last ruler of the Hawaiian Kingdom: Queen Lili'uokalani. That monologue came from a need to make some kind of contribution to recognize the 100-year anniversary of the overthrow of her monarchy in Honolulu. The poem was printed as a broadside and distributed to kupuna who had travelled from homestead land in Nanakauli and [...]
|Book: Punahou Blues by Kirby Wright
Growing up in Honolulu isn't all it's cracked up to be for Jeffrey Gill. After he gets into prestigious Punahou School, his rite of passage includes losing the babe of his dreams to a creep, surviving Killahaole Day, and getting pushed around by the school bully. In the world of academics, Jeff knows he's hardly Stanford material. Uncle Sharkey teaches Jeff the sweet science and he beefs his arch [...]
|Book: The Girl with the Green Violin (Etched Press Poetry Series Book 6) by Kirby Wright
A landscape of acute memory and euphonious daily life, The Girl with the Green Violin delivers the raw and the cooked to readers. It is a poetry chapbook unmatched in its tender desire. Wright is an expert. When the speaker addresses a second person, it is we who feel its power. We salivate for each line before and after "You belong to me / Or at least the part of me // That makes you hunger." In [...]
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