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The River of Heaven
Garrett Hongo



Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry

Carnegie Mellon
2001 • 68 pp. 5 1/2 x 9 1/4"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-358-5



A reissuing of The River of Heaven, poems by Garrett Hongo.

The River of Heaven was awarded the 1987 Lamont Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets for a distinguished second book of poems (judges: Philip Booth, Alfred Corn, Mary Oliver). In it Garrett Hongo has drawn from his unusual background (born in Volcano, Hawaii, of Japanese ancestry, and educated in California at Pomona) to provide the materials for poems that would be highly exotic were they not infused with a level-headed sense of realism and a strong feeling that mundane realities are perfectly natural material for the poetry of our time. Here, Garrett Hongo transforms his mundane realities into elegant poetry. The volcanoes of Hawaii, the gritty urban streets of Los Angeles, a California beach after the death of his father—the places of Garrett Hongo’s past metamorphose into a poetry that is compelling and immediate.

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Reviews / Endorsements



“Garrett Hongo has the poetic skills to match his amplitude of feeling and sympathy, and his The River of Heaven is a wonderful book.”—William Matthews

“I love The River of Heaven for its stories and people. Garrett Hongo searches out those who inhabit alleys, islands, old graveyards, piers, and learns that ‘splendor must be something of what we all want.’ He extends splendor—and the sight and voice and concern of American poetry.”—Maxine Hong Kingston



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