Biography of Garrett Hongo
Garrett Hongo (born 1951, Volcano, Hawai'i) is a Yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese American academic and poet. The work of this Pulitzer-nominated writer draws on Japanese American history and own experiences.
Hongo has attended Pomona College and the University of Michigan, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of California at Irvine.
Hongo has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Garrett Hongo Poems
In Chicago, it is snowing softly and a man has just done his wash for the week. He steps into the twilight of early evening, carrying a wrinkled shopping bag
Something Whispered In The Shakuhachi
No one knew the secret of my flutes, and I laugh now because some said I was enlightened.
At six I lived for spells: how a few Hawaiian words could call
I Got Heaven...
I Got Heaven... I swear that, in Gardena, on a moonlit suburban street,
At six I lived for spells:
how a few Hawaiian words could call
up the rain, could hymn like the sea
in the long swirl of chambers
curling in the nautilus of a shell,
how Amida's ballads of the Buddhaland
in the drone of the priest's liturgy
could conjure money from the poor
and give them nothing but mantras,