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The generosity of our readers never fails to amaze me. What follows is a poem reader Garrett Hongo permitted us to reproduce. I'd usually not feature it in the audioreviews section were it not for the fact that it very beautifully presents the very reason audio reviews should be written and read for in the first place. As such, it belongs and without further ado, here it is - Ed.

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai'i, in 1951. He is the author of two books of poetry: The River of Heaven, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Yellow Light. His most recent book is Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i. Forthcoming are the non-fiction book Passion Flower: A Sound Odyssey and The North Shore, a collection of poems. He started in audio as his father's "ears", listening to Heathkit, Dynakit and DIY amplifiers his father assembled in the 60s. He is currently Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene. [Photo by Michael Pettit.]