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Fast Talking PI

by Selina Tusitala Marsh

Part of our Arc International Poets series

Selina Tusitala Marsh's often angry, celebratory, vigorously enquiring, story-telling, singing, lamenting, weeping, and ever-vital, poems fling the reader into a sphere that will be unfamiliar to most: the sensibility of a New Zealand New World urban-cultured, but also ancient tribal, poet of amazing energy. Many of these poems accumulate immense momentum over several pages and deposit the reader gasping at the end.

Marsh is 'an academic, a literary critic' of Samoan, Tuvalu, English and French descent — but she is also a campaigning incarnation of the Life Force. A relentless affirmer, she takes no prisoners during this book's campaign against staid, proper, restrained, refined poetic conventions which are also too often a refuge of a racist, patronising, repressive and exploitative Establishment.

Fast Talking PI (pronounced pee-eye) can be seen as a redressing of the balance, a presentation of an itemised account of what is owing. If you want to know something of what seethes in the minds of indigenous peoples throughout the world, this is a good place to start.

Marsh's writing mediates and wonderfully masters two language geneologies. Under her pen, the precision and principles of the Western English literary tradition sway rhythmically with the fluid and flowing oratory of Polynesia

Karlo Mila

Selina was selected to represent Tuvalu for the Cultural Olympiad Poetry Parnassus in London 2012.

ISBN 978-1904614-35-7 (pbk), 978-1904614-77-7 (hbk)
Size: 216 x 138 mm (pbk), 223 x 145 mm (hbk)
Pages: 80
Published 2012

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