Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You

Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You

Juliana Spahr uses details to explore Hawai'i's politics of location and her own place in it as an outsider: a hard-core show where the singer shouts out "fuck you-aloha-I love you" over and over; the pidgin word 'da kine;' native Hawaiian rights to gathering; Palolo stream; the similarities and differences between hotel rooms and conference rooms; and acrobats at a Las Vegas-style floor show in Waikiki. Spahr is attentive to specifics and she draws from documentary poetics in these five interconnected poems that move between lyricism, rhythmic repetition, and explanatory prose. Conceptually provocative and yet moving at the same time, Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You demands reading and re-reading.

Title:Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780819565259
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  • Joseph Spuckler

    Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You by Juliana Spahr is a collection of poetry with a Hawaiian theme. Spahr earned a BA in languages and literature from Bard College and a PhD in English from SUNY Buffalo. Spah...

  • Farren

    A noble project, but a little repetitive. By the time I reached the lengthy poem that excerpts a tumbling manual, I was all, I GET IT. The book is worth reading, if only for the third poem "Switching"...

  • Maile

    These five poems are experimental but surprisingly accessible (while not at all simple), and I love how she subtly enters the ordinary, everyday messes of space in Hawai’i. She seems to translate th...

  • Dawn

    Juliana Spahr is good and she sort of knows that. There's this quality in there, something going on in the knowing-everything of it. The poems should be a little more brittle than they are, they could...

  • Juliet

    This only gets 1 1/2 stars from me. Not my style at all....

  • secondwomn

    4.5...

  • Mcatania21

    Spahr’s “Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You” is both an exploration of Hawaii’s politics as well as a personal poem about finding the poet’s identity as a foreigner. Even the provocative title is a d...

  • Richard Leis

    This is a short book of poetry that I think demonstrates well the idea that a poet and her poems should teach the reader how to read her poetry. The use of repetition and allegory, simple language, an...

  • Renee Alberts

    Spahr's poems read like philiosophical arguments--series of premises leading up to conclusions. The effect is at turns pretentiously distant or urgently inviting. The back of the book (which you shoul...

  • Libby

    Seven long poem-thoughts. Echoes and repetitions of hellos and goodbyes...I especially love her description of the pidgin "da kine" or the word you use when you don't use the word..."There are these t...