Throw Net | Upena Ho'olei By David Eggleton
Our current Poet Laureate, David Eggleton, has published a handset, hand-bound collection of poetry with artwork (woodblock prints) by his brother Tonu Shane Eggleton. Brendan O’Brien, beautiful-book craftsman extraordinaire, has produced an edition of 100 at his Fernbank Studios.
In 2018 David spent three months at the University of Hawai’i’s Moana Campus, as the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer Resident. The poems began in notebooks while he was there, and were completed upon his return.
The snores of a sleeper on a beach towel
recite genealogy under volcano’s glow.
A sunken raft of manta rays stirs after dark.
Hands hula-hula, shaping sandwiches
into islands; mechanically, a shark
takes a bite out of the moonlight.
Someone slings a hammock between trees.
Each wave is a line; each line is breaking;
and even the mountains are setting sail.
from ‘Throw Net’
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