Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last Hula: Poems of a Father's Last Aloha (My radio interview with Elizabeth Kerlikowske)

by Zinta Aistars
Radio interview at WMUK 102.1 FM
Kalamazoo, Michigan's NPR affiliate station

Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Kellogg Community College professor and local poet Elizabeth Kerlikowske will be reading from her chapbook Last Hula on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parchment Community Library in Parchment, Michigan. It’s a look back at the last few months of her father's life.

Kerlikowske says the title of the chapbook comes from the sort of hand motions her dad would act out while lying in his bed.
"Like he would be stringing Christmas lights, you could just tell that was what he was doing. Or he would be shaping things or cleaning things," she says.
"So his hands were moving all the time and it seemed like the most dancing he could do at that moment."
Kerlikowske's poetry is grounded in the grit of real life, no outlandish embellishments here.
She compares her style of writing in Last Hula to that famous line from Jack Webb from Dragnet"Just the facts, Ma'am." 
"I felt like I wanted to present things with...definitely without being pretty," Kerlikowske says.
"My goal in writing this was not to ..."

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