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Hawaii Pacific Review is an online literary journal based at Hawaii Pacific University.

They Were Lying Naked

by Dmitry Blizniuk

(translated by Sergey Gerasimov from Russian)

They were lying naked in the dark,
parts of their bodies jumbled;
they were lying blissful, dissolved in each other. Continue reading

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25 Entries Found for ‘Kumu’

by Jonathon Medeiros

A kumu is a teacher.
She is a tree, the base, the trunk, the root,
The source, the beginning of a braid.
She is a plant in the mud.
Kūmū is a fish. Continue reading

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Paradise Zero

by Eric Paul Shaffer

Paradise, friends, is a joke played by poets
on patrons, the restless, and the gullible.
Paradise leaves nothing to be desired,
everything to the imagination. Paradise is
a hole in the head, in the heart, in the planet Continue reading

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Grace by Proxy

by Elizabeth Fergason

My husband Harry and I are on vacation. It’s been a difficult year so we’re giving ourselves a little time off from the pressures of home. Our two daughters stayed behind with a sitter. The girls are three and five and they need a break as much as anyone. A break from our recent tensions, our troubles. Of course, our girls aren’t happy we’ve left them. Children never are. Ada threw herself up into my arms and clung to me the way kudzu clings to a tree. Anna stood at my feet, both hands clamped tightly on my leg.

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My Father’s Country

by Arya F. Jenkins

Eight years old I stood in
My red bathing suit bottoms on black soil
Enshrouded in a chapel of the
Largest greenest leaves I’d ever seen
Next to the pink ranch house in Key Biscayne

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