Against visions of a rising tide, Jetn̄il-Kijiner offers healing and justice through language.
Jetn̄il-Kijiner succeeds at making the personal political, and she does so with passion, originality, and grace.
This intriguing collection provides a Marshallese perspective on contemporary life, family, politics of land tenure, indigenous rights, and a troubled and troubling American history in the Pacific.
—Heid E. Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic
In this stunning debut collection, Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner weaves a basket of poems that carry the beauty, depth, and resiliency of her Marshallese culture. Through lyrical, narrative, and visual modes, the poet gives voice to how nuclear testing, migration, racism, and climate change have impacted her family and her people. At the same time, she offers a vision of hope that the future will be a place in which our children—and humanity itself—will thrive.
—Craig Santos Perez, author of from unincorporated territory [guma']
A book to be read slowly. Savored. Admired for its precision of language and emotion.