Fast Talking PI
Fast Talking PI (pronounced pee-eye) reflects the poet's focus on issues affecting Pacific communities in New Zealand, and indigenous peoples around the world including the challenges and triumphs of being afakasi [mixed race]. The book is structured in three sections, Tusitala (personal), Talkback (political and historical) and Fast Talking PIs (dialogue). She writes as a calabash breaker, smashing stereotypes and challenging historic injustices; also exploring the idea of the calabash as the honoured vessel for identity and story. Her aesthetics and indigenous politics meld marvellously together.
Selina was selected to represent Tuvalu for the Cultural Olympiad Poetry Parnassus in London 2012. Below she is reading Two Nudes on a Tahitian Beach, 1894:
Selina performing Fast Talking PI:
ISBN 978-1904614-35-7 (pbk), 978-1904614-77-7 (hbk)
Size: 216 x 138 mm (pbk), 223 x 145 mm (hbk)
Published July 2012