Join us for an afternoon of readings featuring the ekphrastic poems in Joseph Stanton’s Moving Pictures and the short stories of Kaui Philpott’s Cane Fires. 2:00pm to 3:30pm on October 13, 2019. Free and open to public.
A description of Kaui Philpott’s Cane Fires:
In the time after World War II when the Hawaiian Islands were still blanketed with fields of sugar cane and pineapple, the myriad of ethnic races living in plantation camps have only just begun to inter-marry in greater numbers. In the midst of these turbulent times on the island of Maui, a hapa-haole family struggles with infidelities, ambitions and passions as long-held social and political norms are about to crash and their way of life will disappear forever. This is a book of short stories where a child learns about betrayal, a young war bride struggles to fit into the rigid plantation system and the past continues to haunt the present.
More about Joseph Stanton’s Moving Pictures:
The author of this impressive collection of poems, Joseph Stanton, is both a scholar and masterful practitioner of ekphrastic poetry. His commitment to the form is evident in Moving Pictures, his third collection of ekphrastic poems. In this volume, Stanton offers poems inspired by both European artists (Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, René Magritte, and others) and American artists (Winslow Homer, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, and others). In the section Painting the Corners, there are, among others, poems on Andy Warhol's Baseball, Lisa Dinhofer’s Spring Street Hardball, and the classic photo of Jackie Robinson stealing home. In the final section, Screens in the Dark, Stanton's poems are about movies, including Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Groundhog Day. Like his previous work, this volume shows Stanton's exquisite sense of perception and insight as he indulges readers with new ways of seeing art.
About the readers:
Kaui Philpotts is a writer living in Honolulu. Her previous non-fiction works include Hawaii: A Sense of Place with Mary Philpotts McGrath, Party Hawaii, Floral Traditions at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and Hawaii Country Tables. Cane Fires is her first book of fiction.
Joseph Stanton’s books of poems are Moving Pictures, Things Seen, A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oahu, Cardinal Points, Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art, and What the Kite Thinks (co-authored with Makoto Ooka, Wing Tek Lum, and Jean Toyama). His other sorts of books include Looking for Edward Gorey, The Important Books: Children’s Picture Books as Art and Literature, Stan Musial: A Biography, and A Hawaii Anthology. His poems have appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry, Harvard Review, New Letters, Antioch Review, New York Quarterly, and many other journals. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He occasionally teaches poetry workshops such as those he has offered recently at Poets House in New York City and at the Honolulu Museum of Arts. He has lived in Leeward Oahu since the early 1970s.