Voice Carried My Family is a stunning collection by Robert Sullivan. It contains strong, pervasive themes such as the rewriting of New Zealand myths from a Polynesian perspective; there are also a number of beautiful love poems. The power of the spoken word has particular meaning for an inheritor of an oral tradition and Sullivan sees himself continuing in his poetry a long line of storytellers, wits, singers. Deeply moved by his ancestors Sullivan yet engages directly and unsentimentally with the modern world, its complexity and moral ambiguity. Similarly his formal techniques borrow f
Cover; Title Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; I : For Gods and Waka; Chant Waka; Bird Waka; Wakas; London Waka; Tāne retrieves the baskets of knowledge; Gods and Oysters; Voice carried my family, their names and stories; A Biography; Te ao hurihuri; South Point, Hawai'i; II : For Shadows; 13 ways of looking at a blackbirder; Omanaia; Resolving the shadows of home; III : For the Ocean of Kiwa; 1 The Great Hall; 2 Tupaia; 3 Mai; 4 Queen Charlotte Sound; 5 New Information; 6 Bubbling ground; 7 The Wide Shot; 8 A Resolution; 9 I / Eyes / Ae; 10 The Northeast Passage Home; 11 Ocean Birth 12 Rapanui Easter Island13 I see red, I see red, I see red; 14 Pearl Harbor; 15 Captain Cook; 16 mind the gap; 17 it's all been done before, eh; IV : For Fires; Song; Boyle Abbey; Heart Wounds; Take; Kowhaiwhai; Love Poem; close to you; mother and child; stepping stones; the view from my office; purgatory; Ahi Kā - The House of Ngā Puhi; the crackling page; Poems from Another Century, for Parihaka; our country; Notes; Also by Robert Sullivan; Copyright
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