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Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai‘i, and grew up on the North Shore of O‘ahu and in Los Angeles. His work includes two books of poetry: The River of Heaven (Knopf, 1988) and Yellow Light (Wesleyan, 1982); the memoir Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai‘i (Knopf, 1995); and three anthologies. Among his honors are the Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, and the Lamont Poetry Prize. He is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Oregon.


Kubota Writes to José Arcadio Buendía

There was no history in your village, as there wasn’t in mine, Until the day a B-17 circled over us, turning at Laie Point, And forgoing the water-landing in the lagoon by the Beauty Hole, Clipping the Cook pines by hole No. 9 and the Filipino g [...]

Kubota Meets Pablo Neruda on the Street

Summer 2006 | Poetry

  Under the separated leaves of shade of the yellow hau tree, The old one that has existed unchanged longer than any other Tree in our village, I walk behind a huge haole man In a white linen suit, his head balding and close-cut on the sides. He [...]

Kubota Returns to the Midst of Life

Summer 2006 | Poetry

  Coming back, I’ve been helped by the lessons you have taught, Tadeusz, That a man’s task is not only to rebuild a country, but his own household, and even more the spirit of home, Of wife, of meat and rice, of lights on at night And no one [...]