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Proposed Additions

Donovan Kūhiō Colleps

Softcover, 64 pp

This new edition of Proposed Additions features a perfect bound collection of acclaimed poet Donovan Kūhiō Colleps' documentary poetry collection.

Donovan Kūhiō Colleps constructs Proposed Additions out of many parts: a house blueprint; his grandfather's cancer journal; the instructions to a pulmonary respirator; the story of a daddy sea horse; and an investigation of O'ahu's leeward side, its histories and its mo'olelo. In this hybrid work—documentary poem, prose reflection, elegy—Colleps recovers his grandfather's memory by way of the filing cabinet he left behind. As the poet carries the metal cabinet strapped to his back across the 'Ewa plain, he recovers more than this intimate past. He also recovers significant cultural and linguistic histories of place in a part of Hawai'i now being over-developed.

Donovan Kūhiō Colleps is a poet and editor from Puʻuloa, Oʻahu. His recent work has appeared in When The Light Of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through (W.W. Norton), The Slowdown (American Public Media), Poetry, (Poetry Foundation), Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures (University of Hawaiʻi Press), and Poem-a-Day ( He lives in Mānoa with his ipo, Annie Thomas, and their four indoor-only cats, Hāʻulelau, Hele, Hoʻi, and Hilo.

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