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Night Is a Sharkskin Drum
This is a lyrical evocation of Hawaii by a Native poet whose ancestral land has been scarred by tourism, the American military and urbanization. Grounded in the ancient grandeur and beauty of Hawaii, this collection is a love song for a beloved homeland under assault.
Paperback, 70 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by University of Hawaii Press
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I want to give this book a higher score. I want to love this book. But I can't. A lot of the pain that pours from the ink in each word is directly caused by my racial background. I am Hawaiian at Heart, which means that while I love the culture and live it (it's kind of required when you're married to a Native Hawaiian), I am neither Hawaiian nor was I born in Hawaii, so I am always an outsider, a tourist. My presence, in a lot of ways, is exactly what Trask responds to in many of these poems. T ...more