Poetry. Tony Quagliano's contributions to Hawai'i and to the world of poetry were many and wide-ranging. His was a singular voice in poetry. He reveled in the possibilities of language, the sounds of words, and the potential for philosophical complexities. He was feisty, humorous, joyfully exuberant and had an inviolable sense of justice. This collection of his work exemplifies that existence and shows us all that LANGUAGE MATTERS.
"In this collection of treasures, Tony Quagliano continues to live, and to show us that poetry matters—and life and laughter and places, and ideals, and doubts all matter. His politics and science are timeless. How wonderful to hear his music again."—Maxine Hong Kingston
"Do they scream inside Paradise? They certainly do, and Tony Quagliano makes you hear it. Does Paradise also persist despite the screaming? It certainly does, and Tony lets it roll out in splendor. In his cool voice and lean lines you hear also the roar of our age with its mysteries and sorrows in plain sight. These are works of wisdom, instruction, and beauty."—Andrei Codrescu
Author City: HONOLULU, HI USA
Tony Quagliano (1941-2007), poet and writer, was the editor of KAIMANA: The Journal of the Hawaii Literary Arts Council from 1991 through 2007. He published in numerous literary journals, including New York Quarterly, New Directions, Harvard Review, Rolling Stone, Exquisite Corpse, Wormwood Review, and Negative Capability:The Big Easy Crescent City That Care Forgot—to name a few. Quagliano's work is included in several anthologies: The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses; The Poetry of Solitude: A Tribute to Edward Hopper; and, The Poet Dreaming in the Artist's House. He published four books of poetry: Language Drawn and Quartered (Ghost Dance Press, 1975); Fierce Meadows (Petronium Press, 1981); Snail Mail Poems (Tinfish Presss, 1998); and pictographs (red moon press, 2008). Quagliano edited the Small Press Review's special Bukowski issue (1973) and Feast of Strangers: Selected Prose and Poetry of Reuel Denney (1999).
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