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Whetu Moana is the 1st anthology of up to date Polynesian poetry in English edited by way of Polynesians. It collects poems written during the last 20 years from greater than 60 poets in Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, the prepare dinner Islands, Niue and Rotuma. recognized poets like Hone Tuwhare, Alistair Campbell and Haunani-Kay Trask are joined by way of gifted younger voices, the poets showing in alphabetical order in a manner that provides either an total Polynesian identification and a spotlight on person sort. conventional laments combine with street-smart rap rhythms; pictures of seascapes and landscapes mingle with pictures of city slums. Political anger is a robust strength in those poems yet many are own and specific. Whetu Moana unearths an lively, altering, diverse, artistic scene, which confronts either a fancy colonial previous and a fast-moving worldwide current with strength, braveness and energy.

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Konai has released 5 collections of poetry: You, the alternative of My mom and dad (1974), Langakali (1981), Hingano (1987), Kakala (1993) and Songs of affection (1999), had one assortment translated into German (Inselfur, 1987) and her paintings is studied in faculties during the Pacific. Konai is married with grownup young children. Readers and Writers this present day wellington wakes to moves and intercourse schooling flood harm royal avalanches and the nation quarter invoice i wake to the sound of wind and water heralding the arriving of kupe kumara and con males (but there's no one to be conned) i ponder what he could see maybe a tree with too many damaged branches residing one of the timber (for Randy, ’89) nineteen years is many years via today’s criteria possibly the floor made it attainable to stay one of the timber lives lived less than transparent skies defy the flavor of storms you’re no longer by myself for those who regarded in or up during the canopies of silent songs those final wounded weeks have moved relatively sluggishly and as rain descended slowly between vegetation insisting on growing to be i will be able to see you sincerely maintaining out your hand Heilala heilala we’ve waited a ways too lengthy so that you can circulate inside us supply us energy to work out the scars of these who went sooner than us whilst issues did look totally flawed like humans born and buried believing they’d been left by myself to bleed rather than bargaining while some time past you got here a stranger saved aside via distance too distant for us to win and shield  from time to time your face appeared shut arriving unannounced we knew we had no selection yet load the raft and begin we left for plenty of locations we entered eyes nonetheless closed but lets suppose the perfume an influence touching these who craved as an alternative to journey the waves in the direction of the blowholes now not the shore then prayed to maui for his mana to fix their damaged oar now it’s time to maneuver back in the direction of these islands a ways past the ability of phrases to call and nurture throughout the year we allow our phrases prise open hidden caverns of the sunrise and holiday the sullen solitude of a sea as soon as unknown for we won't allow illiteracy back maintain us aside personal loan our id or perhaps promote our delight we don't are looking to endure ache privately on the finish simply because we all know deep inside of we’ve basically ourselves accountable Kakala Folau (a reward of love)  take this kakala my good friend kulukona langakali heilala symbols of instances whilst love and existence have been one whilst the body spray of falahola embraced strangers to our beaches forests of mapa and hehea sang songs of get together whereas ahi and vunga consoled neighbors parting yet we have been younger then trembling on the rhythm of timber that stored our secrets and techniques from falling and spilling over stones and sea pondering if the salted winds sweeping slowly around the eyes of the siale tafa may whisper our options into the center of the huni tree Weekend in Auckland a weekend in auckland is nice for locating back previous assembly locations within the park hoping they've got tales to inform concerning the adventures of a as soon as younger time down lower than the magnolia bushes the bench which took the burden of our first kiss continues to be there the fountain keeps to overcome like a man-made middle and the vegetation proceed to die with every one passing day and there soaring excessive above is the tower clock now dwarfed by means of the truth of its personal time its remarkable shadow a reminder that the heart’s top defence at the moment is forgetting one other size (for the caretaker) you’re early, he acknowledged you new?

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