Spring 1995 • Vol. XVII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1995 |

Try Bondage

Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre by Lois-Ann Yamanaka. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1993. 140 pages. $8.00, paper. Joker, Joker, Deuce by Paul Beatty. New York: Penguin Books, 1994. 108 pages. $12.95, paper. American Dreams by Sapphire. New York: High Risk Books/Serpent's Tail, 1994. 175 pages. $10.99, paper. The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty by Marilyn Chin. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1994. 97 pages. $11.95, paper. Real Hawaii is Spam and Coke for dinner, kids beaten with golf clubs, a vicious pickup scene at the "thirty-nine-and-under" basketball league, and not much beach. In Lois-Ann Yamanaka' s Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre, the speaker is Hawaiian of Japanese descent who addresses us in an "in-your-face" pidgin that makes the rawness of contemporary Hawaiian life palpable: I wiping the knife with the oil. My sista gag Edward with a Suck-Um-Up t-shirt. Edward no move. My sista tell me cut the front of his t-shirt right down the front.  

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Terese Svoboda will publish Live Sacrifice (Ravenna) in 2017. In 2016 she published a book of poetry, Professor Harriman's Steam Air-Ship (Eyewear) and Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet (Schaffner).

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Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre by Lois-Ann Yamanaka. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1993. 140 pages. $8.00, paper. Joker, Joker, Deuce by Paul Beatty. New York: Penguin Books, 1994. 108 […]

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