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

Letter from Kauai
5
Kealia Lookout
6
Aa
7
Hawaiian Archipelago
8
Each Step You Take
9
Waking to Makaleha
10
To Anahola Mountain
11
Looking for Wainiha
12
The Band of the Sea
54
Waipouli Reef
55
SURVIVAL
57
Bikini
61
Gathering Seaweed
62
Shells
64
In Micronesia
65
From Meadow Rue
66

At Kee
13
Lapping
14
InterIsland Flight
15
Tectonic
16
Sphere
17
Story of an Archipelago
18
NORTH
21
Yukon
25
Maligne Lake Mountains
26
Oregon
28
Monhegan October
29
Off Maine
30
Sphagnum
31
Colony in Rock
32
Falling
34
Island Night
35
Kauai from Monhegan
36
From Kauai to Fundy
37
Ways to the Stars
38
SEA
41
We Live by the Sea
45
If You Think the Sea Alien
46
Where the Island Ended
47
Adjectives for Sand
48
Sandbars
49
Ways to the Sea
50
Phyla
52
Night Sea
53
Crawling
67
Moon
68
The Ironwoods
69
High Tide
70
The Quiet Side of the Island
71
Other Strategies
72
Ghost Dogs of Halaula
73
In the Vastness of Zero
74
HOMESTEAD
77
Groundwater
81
The Rainbow Shower
82
My Kealia Landscape
84
The Hills of East Kauai
86
Lilikoi
87
Humus
88
Constellations of Aphids
89
Inside the Island
90
From Kilauea Point
91
Return to First Land
92
Full Moon Time
93
In the Slant of Morning
94
Stopping Before Olohena
95
Being Here on the Seventh
96
Teach Me Web
97
The Dark That Folds the Leaves
98
Night on a Hill
100
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