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A Poem for Sunday: Sky-bursters

I wrote this poem while sitting through a church service in Tonga, at the Siasi Uesiliana Tauataina (Free Wesleyan Church) in Fakakai, Ha’apai. “Sky-burster” is the literal translation of a word in Tongan (palangi) meaning foreigner – so named because, according … Continue reading

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Sex, Swearing and Other Transliterations in Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls

The book I just finished, For Whom the Bell Tolls, is a very R rated book. It is violent. One of its longer chapters carefully paints a gripping and terrible picture, character by carefully depicted character, of a group of … Continue reading

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