Westlake: Poems by Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-1984) by Richard Hamasaki, Mei-Li M. Siy

By Richard Hamasaki, Mei-Li M. Siy

In an all-too-brief lifestyles and literary profession, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947–1984) produced a considerable physique of poetry. He broke new flooring as a poet, translated Taoist classical literature and eastern haiku, interwove views from his Hawaiian history into his writing and paintings, and released his paintings in the neighborhood, locally, and internationally.

Westlake used to be born on Maui and raised at the island of O‘ahu, the place he attended Punahou tuition, and later the collage of Oregon. He earned his B.A. in chinese language experiences on the collage of Hawai‘i. on the time of his tragic loss of life in 1984, Westlake was once on the top of his poetic occupation. regrettably, the one selection of his poems to be had on the time was once a 32-page, constrained version chapbook independently released by way of a small press. the current quantity, lengthy late, comprises approximately 200 of Westlake’s poems―most unavailable to the general public or by no means sooner than published.

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Pass the cups! you’ll die too (2) five cups of rice two bottles of wine long past midnight drunk! laughing! ’ pass the cups! ’ 29 (4) winter pushes summer night chases day sit back—grow old have another cup let it change nothing to lose— once you get this no more hurry (5) day eating night night eating day all i can do is laugh! (6) t’ao ch’ien lived near cars and trucks yet never heard the noise— how so? drunk! in the wine pavillion gazing at the moon! (7) a madman? a fool? i laugh a lot— you ever tasted a dew drop?

WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! 31 Looks of disbelief: I’m on my knees Washing a rock. 32 mind like wood sunset feels good on this bald head 33 the morning was quiet until outside someone started screaming god! god! god! god! 34 birth decay sickness pain death sorrow sadness despair —buddha never lied 35 36 never stop madness! madness! too much tea! fill the cup!

In the wine pavillion gazing at the moon! (7) a madman? a fool? i laugh a lot— you ever tasted a dew drop? 30 Sitting on Chao-chou WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! WU ! 31 Looks of disbelief: I’m on my knees Washing a rock. 32 mind like wood sunset feels good on this bald head 33 the morning was quiet until outside someone started screaming god! god!

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