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The Salt-Wind: Ka Makani Pa'Akai by Brandy Nalani McDougall

Each month our staff picks additional recommendations based on our Dandy Roll Book Club pick. We're recommending The Salt-Wind for those of our members who enjoyed reading about the culture and history of Hawai'i in our June pick, Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn.

An #ownvoices collection of poetry that captures the history, myths, and culture of Hawai’i. McDougall uses her own experiences to paint a lush, yet raw picture of indigenous experiences. The Salt-Wind is an expertly curated collection that stuck with us long after finishing.

This postcolonial collection of poetry is the first by Native Hawaiian poet, Brandy Nalani McDougall. Of the collection, Samoan novelist Albert Wendt writes: "Once in a while a collection of poetry comes along and grabs your eyes, heart, and na'au and makes you see and feel more deeply than you've done in a long, long time. For me, Brandy Nalani McDougall's collection is one of those. And I keep rereading it. Her poems have a unique and hugely inviting surface simplicity and elegance that immediately hook you into them, into their profound and complex depths of imagery, lyricism, political and historical savvy, feeling, thought and vision. These are woven together with unusual wisdom, perception, control of language, and intense aloha for her people and islands. You have to read this collection. It will lift you and make you feel you are more.

  • Paperback, 108 pages
  • Kuleana 'Oiwi Press, 2008