IEP Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughtervolume 80


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University of Arizona Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.32 pounds

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About the Author

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a Marshallese writer. She is co-founder of the nonprofit organization Jo-Jikum, which empowers youth to work toward solutions on environmental issues threatening their home islands.


"Against visions of a rising tide, Jetnil-Kijiner offers healing and justice through language."--Publishers Weekly

"Iep Jaltok asks not only to be read again and again, but also that the reader hear its voice resound beyond the printed covers."--Full Stop

"Iep Jaltok reveals a poet who--in her first book--has already found her voice, who draws her poetic power from her islands, her culture, and her people's history."--Rain Taxi Review of Books

"Jetnil-Kijiner succeeds at making the personal political, and she does so with passion, originality, and grace."--Hakai Magazine

"At once gentle, lamenting, and instructive as well as harsh, factual, and poignant, narrating the broadest of Marshallese stories from innocent paradise to nuclear fallout zone."--World Literature Today

"Jetnil-Kijiner's poems are often about many things at once. Her writing process often starts with extensive research, including talking to elders. She'll often weave Marshallese legends, history and traditions into the poems, as well as science and statistics, and her own experiences."--The International Examiner

"This moving debut should be admired, relished, and read in classrooms far and wide. It provides a rich and detailed survey of Marshallese pasts, presents, and futures told through one insightful activist's study of history, linked with her personal experiences."--Transmotion

"This intriguing collection provides a Marshallese perspective on contemporary life, family, politics of land tenure, indigenous rights, and a troubled and troubling American history in the Pacific."--Heid E. Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic

"In this stunning debut collection, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner weaves a basket of poems that carry the beauty, depth, and resiliency of her Marshallese culture. Through lyrical, narrative, and visual modes, the poet gives voice to how nuclear testing, migration, racism, and climate change have impacted her family and her people. At the same time, she offers a vision of hope that the future will be a place in which our children--and humanity itself--will thrive."--Craig Santos Perez, author of from unincorporated territory [guma']

"A book to be read slowly. Savored. Admired for its precision of language and emotion."--Alice Walker