MARSILANI 4: Retrograde Motion
eBook (PDF), 110 Pages
"Marsilani" is a series of short stories and poems loosely written around the theme of "growing up in Mililani." Mililani was the first fully planned community in Hawaii, and is an iconic representation of suburban life. "Marsilani 4: Retrograde Motion" is the fourth part of this series. The stories in this book are temporally and thematically related to each other, and take a primarily retrospective (and reconstructive) stance on such issues as drug addiction, family trees, and fatherhood.
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Oct 15, 2009""Willow Weep for Me, Side A: Transplant/Transparent"" "I really enjoyed this story…. There is a density to the story you tell. I love how it spirals; each episodic return is not simply a circular re-treading but an additional layer of ideas and sentiment. I might not have appreciated this story as much if I had read it pre-parenthood as the major themes turn and return to the relationship of child and parent and ancestors. There is the anxiety of parenthood, and there is not only the desire for connection into the future, but also the unavoidable connection to the past. A vivid scene for me was of you and your sister guiltlessly being children at your obaban’s funeral. The juxtaposition of passing and play… a form of arigato in the sense you wrote in your footnote?? And then the return of this image upon the tragedy of obaban’s first (?) birthing. There is a collapsing of time and space, something that I have keenly felt myself, which is perhaps why this... More > story resonates so strongly with me. The funeral – obaban birth connection is only one of many in your story that links past, present, and future. Like the major cycle of Obaban – Willow, of which the willow tree is the central unifying symbol. And how the willow tree is tied to your grandfather who tends it, and you who tries to perpetuate the deep connections… and Grandma’s admonition that your “child is your ancestor” deepens the ties. There is the spiritual aspect, but also the profane. I laughed at the profane passage… The original willow tree destroys the sewage lines and wrecks the foundation. Grandmother is fine with the removal ‘cause she gotta poop (and because obaban is not her personal ancestor?). She also cryptically states that you will have to take on the burden if you carry through with the intention of your theft (an image I love and can see: you creeping about in the night to steal a branch of a tree….). ….. I loved the trout image, especially the passage in which you Lynn feels your little one through her tummy through your hands. I cringed at the umbilical cord part of the story (parent anxiety); the conduit of life that ends up taking a life… Reading grandmom speak brought me back to the islands. I could say so much more, but let me simply end by saying arigato for such a wonderful story and the opportunity to read it." -C. O., from San Jose, California< Less
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