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If We Vanish: A Collection of Queer ʻŌiwi Poetry

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Title:If We Vanish: A Collection of Queer ʻŌiwi Poetry
Authors:Revilla, Noukahauoli Aisha
Contributors:Santos Perez, Craig (advisor)
English (department)
Keywords:Creative writing
LGBTQ studies
contemporary Hawaiian poetry
Hawaiian Literature
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Pacific Literature
queer Indigenous poetics
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:“If We Vanish: A Collection of Queer ʻŌiwi Poetry” is a queer-identified full-length collection of ʻŌiwi poetry by a Native Hawaiian wahine poet. Inspired by the ʻŌiwi figure of the moʻo, the collection explores issues of sexuality, belonging, and intergenerational cycles of trauma and healing. “If We Vanish” significantly addresses the lack of representation of queer Indigenous women in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Literatures. To interrogate issues of intergenerational trauma and silence, I develop a moʻo poetics that centers the mo’o figure as a water protector, whose kuleana to wai (water) and waiwai (prosperity) position them as models of erotic sovereignty and transformative healing. Prioritizing queer, ʻŌiwi, and feminist expressions of “we,” the collection features lyrical, narrative, and documentary poems that are poly-vocal, nonlinear, and associative. I also deploy Native Hawaiian poetic devices such as kaona (hidden meaning) and pīnaʻi (repetition) to experiment with received forms like the villanelle, sestina, and pantoum. The dissertation is organized into five sections: “skins,” which commemorates moʻo and descendents of moʻo in my family; “form a native daughter,” which acknowledges the mentorship of Haunani-Kay Trask; “beddings, sheddings & weddings,” which examines sexual pleasure, trauma, and healing; “polylasting: notes toward a moʻo poetics,” which uses the lyric esssay form to explicate a moʻo poetics; and “erotics of aloha ʻāina,” which emphasizes decolonial connections between love, land, and nationalism. The creative work in this dissertation is suppressed in the UH institutional repository, Kahualike, Inquiries about the creative work should be made to Noʻukahauʻoli Revilla.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:86 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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