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By Avia, Tusiata
Kneel like a prayer full of lynching
This is my God-given white
'Savage is as savage does. And we're all implicated. Avia breaks the colonial lens wide open. We peer through its poetic shards and see a savage world - outside, inside. With characteristic savage and stylish w...it, Avia holds the word-blade to our necks and presses with a relentless grace. At the end, you'll feel your pulse anew.' -Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate 2017-19
The voices of Tusiata Avia are infinite. She ranges from vulnerable to forbidding to celebratory with forms including pantoums, prayers and invocations. And in this electrifying new work, she gathers all the power of her voice to speak directly into histories of violence.Read more
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Blending Samoan oral tradition and myths with the author's own life, this provocative, confrontational collection of poetry explores the experience of living in the South Pacific.
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Features poems on two different cultures charting the sometimes painful points of their intersection. Occupying legend and history, this collection has a rhythm of performance poetry and of an oral tradition, while staking out a physical life on the page, reshaping our language a...nd our understanding of New Zealand culture.Read more
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