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Authors:Picard, Tiare L.
Date Issued:2006
Abstract:Last year I moved to my apartment on Lipoa Place in Aiea. Two flatbeds of followed me with furniture, pots and pans-the stuff of living I had accumulated since my last big exodus. From the sidewalk, my mother and I watched the drivers maneuver through the narrow street with each load: a decade on wheels. During the weeks that followed, I began to write poems about the cardboard boxes in my living room. Everything took the shape of a cube: the apartment itself, walled in with large, painted concrete brick, the swimming pool, and the Arizona Memorial, viewed from my lanai. Meanwhile, I attended an independent study with Professor Susan Schultz entitled Poetry and the City. The course involved research about a particular place and a final chapbook that reflected the information we gathered about the area. I also took a seminar with Professor Daphne Desser entitled Feminism and Composition Studies. The objective of this course was to gain a better understanding of the way women have utilized language in their literary practices, and conversely, the way that language often confines or constrains women. I thought of how often people use language to contain or silence others. I pictured a dictionary in its box-one in which we could choose words to either bridge gaps or create them. I realized too that a poem with its relationship to left margins, its insistence on compression and tension is a kind of matryoshka doll--a box within a box. I became less concerned with the sound of my line breaks, and more intent on trying to portray these concepts visually. During the course of the semester with Schultz and Desser, I decided that the box would serve as the contextual framework for my thesis. Lipoa Place, an entire block of apartment complexes with names like "Harbor Arms Apartments," and "Harbor Shores Apartments and Hotel," house many of the 3 characters that appear in this collection. They inspire the poems about the way we live in close proximity to one another. Pali Momi Street leads to Pearl Kai Shopping Center, which is connected to Lipoa Place by a back road that follows the point between the East and Middle Lochs of Pear Harbor Bay. The shopping center serves as a way to explore the retail colonization of Hawai'i through my work. Sumida's Watercress Farm across Kamehameha Highway had at one time been a taro farm. This became a constant reminder of our historical relationship to colonialism. Finally, Ford Island framed the poems I wrote within the past three years regarding Hawai'is involvement in the war on Iraq, 8,573.3 miles away.
Description:Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references.
iv, 66 leaves, bound 29 cm
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Appears in Collections: M.A. - English

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