In this beautiful and moving collection, Gail Harada deftly traverses the boundaries between poetry, memoir, and fiction, demonstrating a rare versatility of craft. The prose has the lyric sensibility of the born poet and the poems are infused with the storyteller’s magic. While many of the selections are grounded in a sense of place—the well-loved geography of Hawai‘i—it is a dynamic sense of place, shot through with a humor and irony that never gives way to mere nostalgia.
Gail N. Harada was born in Honolulu and spent part of?her childhood on a U.S. Army base in Japan. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2000, she won a Pushcart Prize for her poem “A Meditation.” Her work has been published in HAWAI‘I REVIEW, in regular issues of BAMBOO RIDGE, and in the following anthologies: THE 2000 PUSHCART PRIZE XXIV, BREAKING SILENCE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN POETS, TALK STORY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF HAWAI‘I’S LOCAL WRITERS, WAHINE O HAWAI‘I, and ISLAND ?FIRE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF LITERATURE FROM HAWAI‘I. She has written poems for film and art projects. “Painted Passages” was part of a video collaboration with noted Hawai‘i artist Noe Tanigawa and filmmaker Robert Pennybacker. “Journeys to the Horizon” was written for LIVING YOUR DYING, a 2003 documentary about Reverend Mitsuo Aoki and his work with terminal cancer patients. She did a mixed media piece juxtaposing her poem?“A Question” with medical bills and chemotherapy records alongside accounts of recent Iraq war dead for the 2006 Koa Gallery exhibit WITNESSING. She has taught students of all ages and was a Poet in the Schools for several years. She is currently a community college professor, teaching writing and literature.