The Wind-Honed Islands Rise: Selected Poems of Reuben Tam

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University of Hawaii Press, 1996 - Poetry - 101 pages
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Reuben Tam was born on Kaua'i, the northernmost of the Hawaiian Islands. His early, formative years were spent combing its beaches and coastlines, while his later, mature years took him to another island in another ocean, Monhegan, off the coast of Maine. These two places shaped his entire life and informed both the subject matter and the spirit of his painting and his poetry. While his painting and his poetry were seemingly disparate disciplines, they were both expressions of the same unique vision, a vision born of his love of the natural environment and his complete immersion in it. Every aspect of his professional and personal life, with its myriad interests and activities, reflected this vision.
 

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Contents

The Band of the Sea
Waipouli Reef
SURVIVAL
Bikini
Gathering Seaweed
Shells
In Micronesia
From Meadow Rue

At Kee
Lapping
InterIsland Flight
Tectonic
Sphere
Story of an Archipelago
NORTH
Yukon
Maligne Lake Mountains
Oregon
Monhegan October
Off Maine
Sphagnum
Colony in Rock
Falling
Island Night
Kauai from Monhegan
From Kauai to Fundy
Ways to the Stars
SEA
We Live by the Sea
If You Think the Sea Alien
Where the Island Ended
Adjectives for Sand
Sandbars
Ways to the Sea
Phyla
Night Sea
Crawling
Moon
The Ironwoods
High Tide
The Quiet Side of the Island
Other Strategies
Ghost Dogs of Halaula
In the Vastness of Zero
HOMESTEAD
Groundwater
The Rainbow Shower
My Kealia Landscape
The Hills of East Kauai
Lilikoi
Humus
Constellations of Aphids
Inside the Island
From Kilauea Point
Return to First Land
Full Moon Time
In the Slant of Morning
Stopping Before Olohena
Being Here on the Seventh
Teach Me Web
The Dark That Folds the Leaves
Night on a Hill
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