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Fire in the Sea


Fire in the Sea: An Anthology of Poetry and Art

Edited by Sue Cowing

University of Hawaii Press, 1996



Fire in the Sea is an imaginative and colorful collection of more than 150 poems containing work by poets from many Pacific lands - Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and New Zealand, among others - as well as from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Ranging from the thirteenth century to the twentieth, from the widely read to the newly uncovered, the poems were gathered especially but not exclusively for young readers. Most were written in English, but a few were translated from their original languages. Teachers and students of literature as well as a wide range of general readers will enjoy this attractive international collection of poetry and art.


All the illustrations are from the permanent collections of the Honolulu Art Museum. 


“The art here is consistently lovely and surprising, and the poems are instantly accessible and tangible, filled with a sense of plain-speaking, direct language. Nothing could be more exciting than for just a moment to both feel the mystery and begin to understand." 

--San Jose Mercury News

Awards: Two Ka Palapala Po‘okela book awards from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, 1997


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