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Critical Praise

Praise for Poetry by Pat Matsueda

Evocative, sensuous, plangent, the poems in Pat Matsueda's long-awaited book are charged with the phenomenal world. Line by line, phrase by phrase,
these poems won't go away: when you close youreyes, they are there; when you open your eyes, they are still there.

—Arthur Sze, author of The Redshifting Web: Poems 1978-1998.

It's a remarkable piece of work, confronting realities very few of us have the courage to address, in language that draws us deeply into what is painful, ambivalent, and liberating.

—Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams

It is an immensely gratifying book and I will treasure it as one of the best in my collection.

—Gene Frumkin, author of Freud by Other Means

Such wise, tender, and beautiful poems!

—Molly Giles, author of IRON SHOES

I'm reading STRAY, one poem a day, and finding my first good opinion more than justified--it's the best book to come my way in a long time.

—Michael Hannon, author of Trusting Oblivion

Pat Matsueda, January Reading
Pat Matsueda, Thomas Farber, and Hank Saufaasau at Stray Reception, 02/2006

Photo Credit: John Berger, Honolulu Star Bulletin


Pat Matsueda was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan, the daughter of a Japanese woman and a Japanese American soldier. She has lived at Itazuki and Hickam Air Force Bases and in Kalihi, Kaimuki, and points in between. She now resides in downtown Honolulu. In 1988, she received an Elliott Cades Award for Literature.






by Pat Matsueda


Stray may be ordered from:

Manoa Foundation
3718 Loulu Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Checks payable to Manoa Foundation. $15.00 includes postage and tax.

Paperback: 80 pages
Published: El León and Manoa Books
1st ed.; (January 2006)
ISBN: 978-0-9762983-8-0

Pat Matsueda is an Editor of Manoa Journal. Manoa presents traditional alongside contemporary writings from the entire Pacific Rim, one of the world's most dynamic literary regions.

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