This is a book of Hawai`i, of its life and its land… If you've never been to Hawai`i, then come here first. It's a better introduction than anything from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.
The majestic Ko`olau Mountains is the setting for Honolulu author Kathryn Waddell Takara’s new collection of poetry, Pacific Raven, Hawai`i Poems, with an introduction by award-winning Maui poet, Ayin Adams. The lyrical poetry of Takara mingles the ethereal with the corporeal. Takara’s poems inspire. They transcend the personal and join with the social, historical, political, philosophical and cosmic forces that touch our lives in Hawai`i and beyond. She intersects her sketches of human nature and desires, of the environment and local community with her poignant observations of Nature’s fragile beauty in the Hawaiian Islands.
“These sonorous poems register the ways in which growth and dwelling – being attentive and responsive to the natural, social, and political economies of one’s surroundings – involve spiritual and creative movement. Takara has gathered within herself many artistic and philosophical traditions, and out of them fashioned a supple, personal and committed lyric line,” writes Paul Lyons.
If you've never been to Hawai`i, then come here first. It's a better introduction than anything from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. You'll feel so at home. For Kathryn is here. Like Nefertiti, the beautiful one has come
About The Author:
Kathryn Waddell Takara, born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, was educated in the South, Northeast, France, California, and Hawai`i. She is a performance poet whose travels in Africa, Europe, Central America, Tahiti and China are reflected in her work. She has read and performed her poetry, lectured and been a consultant extensively in universities, colleges, schools, and community and military events throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the Continental United States of America and in Beijing and Qingdao, China. Takara has published widely and has a Ph.D. in Political Science, an M.A. in French, and taught for 31 years, at the University of Hawai`i. Dr. Takara is the daughter of pioneer black veterinarian, author, and world famous Buffalo Soldier, Dr. William H. Waddell, IV, VMD ( 1908-2007 ).